Nick O'Toole averaged 42.8 yards per punt and was named first team all conference after his 2012 season at Fullerton College, but that didn't lead to scholarship offers. So, he turned to Chris Sailer Kicking, and their Las Vegas event in January, to earn more notice. That move paid off, as he received a scholarship offer from West Virginia and committed just before Signing Day.
"Nicholas has it all," said Chris Sailer, who runs his eponymous camp that tutors many of the top specialists in the nation. "He has size and strength, and he also has maturity after the year in junior college. He's a big, strong guy, and I don't think you can go wrong with that combination."
O'Toole is the prototype of new punters coming to there fore -- big athletes who stand out and "meet the eye test".
"You are seeing more of that in punters today," Sailer explained. "There's a trend toward that -- those guys are going to be some of the better athletes on the field. That size gives them leverage and more power. Their best ball is just going to be better than the best ball of a smaller player, because they have that natural physical ability."
Sailer first worked with O'Toole at that Las Vegas event, and he was immediately impressed.
"He has a combination of it all -- hang time, distance and placement. You don't get a scholarship to West Virginia if you don't have all of those. His 'get-off' time is really good too."
O'Toole played one season at Fullerton after graduating from Mater Dei High School, and will have four years to complete three seasons of eligibility.
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