September 5, 2008

Fera reflects on recent Michigan visit

Pledging to Michigan in mid-August, Houston (Texas) St. Pius X kicker Anthony Fera did not let distance factor into his decision, and as he showed last weekend, it did not affect his travel plans either. Taking an unofficial visit to the season opener, he made the long trek from the Lone Star State to see the start of the Rich Rodriguez era in person.

"It was awesome," he said of the experience. "That's the first time I've seen it with what they're doing to both sides, with the press boxes and all. That's going to look awesome when it's done. It was a really fun time - they didn't win, but it's all freshmen right now, so in a couple years, they could be on top."

While on the trip, Fera had the chance to interact with some of the other recruits on hand, including the Michigan's latest quarterback pledge.

"I saw that the one quarterback committed - Forcier," he stated. "He really liked it. I met him on the sidelines for a few minutes … you could just tell he liked it."

With scholarship offers from Penn State, Kansas State and a grayshirt opportunity at Ohio State, Fera's choice to attend college in Ann Arbor was not a difficult one, with the Wolverines' recent success in recruiting Texas paying off.

"I went though all the schools and it came down to Michigan and Penn State. I just felt that Michigan was the place for me," he explained. "One of the big reasons was academics. Another reason is I actually have about four or five guys from down here in Houston that play on the team, so that had something to do with it.

"But it's just that it was Michigan. What they're doing with all the facilities and the opportunity is perfect for the time I'm going there."

Over the summer, Fera had a number of chances to work with former Michigan kicker Brandon Kornblue and felt that the experience helped him improve as a player.

"I learned a whole lot from him," he noted. "I went and kicked for him and he taught me a bunch of stuff - that was right before I went to the camp for Chris Sailer, and I ended up getting the MVP of the camp and a bunch of other [awards]."

Going into specifics, Kornblue's mentoring helped add even more power to the already strong-legged kicker.

"He helped me a little bit on my drop with punting. Then on kicks, he noticed that I wasn't locking my ankle every time," Fera explained. "He worked with me on locking my ankle every time and I'm actually kicking it five to ten yards further and getting it much higher. It helped a lot."

At 6-2, 230 pounds, lists Fera as the No. 2 kicker in the nation. He stated that he will enter college with a focus on kicking duties, but that the Michigan staff has not ruled out his ability to contribute as a punter as well down the road.

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