Colby Cooke entered the summer camp circuit looking to get a scholarship offer for his abilities as a place-kicker. This summer, the Goochland (VA) product traveled to many college camps, anxious to show off his kicking talents. By the end of the camp circuit, however, he had impressed most college coaches with his potential as a punter.
“I just recently learned how to punt,” said the 6’3″, 190-pound rising senior. “A lot of colleges are now looking at me more as a punter because I’ve become a very good punter. And I still love kicking field goals and kick-offs and everything.
“A lot of coaches have told me my body type helps me punt better. At a few of the camps, some coaches said some of my punts looked NFL quality.”
Cooke, a Group AA first-team all-state selection at place-kicker last season, discussed his talents as a kicker and as a punter.
“With field goals, I’m mainly looking for accuracy with distance second,” Cooke said. “Forty yards and in are what college coaches are looking for. I’ve worked on accuracy a lot. With punts, I like to get more hang-time so there aren’t many returns.”
The list of camps Cooke attended this year is a long one. It includes Alabama, Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Richmond, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia and Virginia Tech (twice). Cooke is still waiting for his first scholarship offer, but the Bulldogs standout discussed several schools that are giving him strong consideration for one.
“Richmond likes me a lot. They just need my new transcripts. They have my old ones, but the new ones have my SAT score,” Cooke said.
“They said they are definitely interested. They said I was the best punter they have seen,” Cooke said. “It’s also a nice school. I liked it a lot when I went to camp.”
“UVa’s coaches said I was the best combo guy they have seen. They are mainly looking for a punter. Both times I went there, I was the best punter. They said if they offer anyone this year, it would be me,” Cooke said. “First, they have to decide if they will offer.”
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