September 11, 2012
Talk about it in Basketball Recruiting Board
As WKU's football program continues to progress under Coach Willie Taggart, a big question mark remains on special teams.
After finishing 5 for 20 from field goals as a team in 2011, WKU has started 0 for 3 in 2012.
WKU landed its No. 12 commitment in the Class of 2013 on Sept. 10, from kicker/punter Joe Occhipinti.
"They offered me last Friday," Occhipinti said. "I needed the weekend to talk to my parents about it, and then I made the decision."
As a junior, Occhipinti longest field goal conversion was 49 yards, but said he's been hitting them from 50+ in practice as a senior.
"I went to WKU for a camp this summer and hit a 56 yarder in front of Coach Taggart," he said. "I looked over and he was just nodding his head.
"I can't wait to be a part of this program; I love what they're doing."
The Hillsboro athlete does more than field goals for his high school team, with a season long punt of 77 yards so far in 2012.
"I'm a combo player, so I do kickoffs too," Occhipinti said. "I've only had two kickoffs this year so far that didn't go for touchbacks."
Close with Coach Wells
Occhipinti said several reasons led him to choose WKU, one being his relationship with WKU assistant coach Walt Wells.
He also liked the distance from WKU to Nashville, just a short 45 minute drive on I-65.
"Family comes first for me, I love my family," Occhipinti said. "They've been such a help through this whole process."
Another connection Occhipinti found in WKU was punter Hendrix Brakefield, who attended the same high school as Occhipinti.
"It's going to be cool going to the same college," Occhipinti said.
Don't forget to stay tuned with InsideHilltopperSports.com for the latest WKU recruiting and team news. Click here for a 7 day free trial.
Basketball Recruiting News
West African big man is a high-major target
Brunson settling in as high-end point guard
Gators land rising junior big man
NBPA Top 100 Camp top performers
Rivals.com is your source for: College Football | Football Recruiting | College Basketball | Basketball Recruiting | College Baseball | High School | College Merchandise
Site-specific editorial/photos ©2012 Yahoo! Inc. All rights reserved. This website is an officially and independently operated source of news and information not affiliated with any school or team.
Statistical information ?2007 STATS LLC All Rights Reserved.