February 5th, 2010
I was pleased to announce its signees for the class of 2010. At the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park, six TKS kickers made their decisions for college. At the event, I was pleased to see friends, family and a ton of happy people. We took pictures, talked about the recruiting process and how they made it this far. I also announced the winners of the TKS Kicker of the Year award (Mike Gruber) and TKS Academic Award (John Wells).
It was cause of more celebration and a great atmosphere. It was a solid class and feel these kids will all be successful. I am so happy for all of them! I have worked with some of these students for over 3 years. Once you get to know them you feel you are part of their family. Its bitter-sweet, because you love to see them make the next-step but you dont want them to leave. The relationships I have with these kids is unbelievable, the connection lasts a liftime. I cant wait to see them be successful in college.
Mike Gruber, earned the right to be called TKS Kicker of the Year. Mike made a amazing jump in his kicking techniqe from his sophomore year to his junior year and continued into his senior year. I remember his first kicking camp that TKS ran for SDSU a few years back. It was his first time ever kicking a football. Mike won the field goal kicking competition and never looked back since. Although, Gruber has been playing baseball all his life, kicking is now his focus.
Brian Stohavich, punter from SDSU, also gave a speech about his recruiting process and congratulated the class on their accomplishments. We look forward to next years party to send of more students. Look out Davey Last!
The List of students included:
John Wells – Stanford
Tyler Stickland – TBA
Parker Munoz – Howard University
Drew Ferris – TBA
Mike Gruber – Nebraska at Kearney
Joe Cardona – Navy