VT Gains Pledge From Georgia PK

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The Friday before its’ July 13 one-day camp, the Virginia Tech football program received a verbal commitment from a player who showed well at its June 2 camp.

“I attended Virginia Tech’s camp on June 2.  The offer was extended after camp on June 2.  I felt as though I had waited long enough,” said Athens Academy (Athens, GA) rising senior place-kicker Michael Santamaria .  “I wanted to commit before the second camp.  I didn’t want them to wait too long because they had been patient with me.  I went ahead and called Coach Beamer and let him know I wanted to be a Hokie.

“First I called Coach Gray.  He’s the recruiting coordinator for my area.  He had me call Coach Beamer.  I let him know, and he was excited and happy about it.”

Michael Santamaria (photo courtesy of ChrisSailerKicking.com)

A left-footed place-kicker, Santamaria had a good junior season in which he made 5-of-8 field goals (including a long of 46 yards) and 44-of-45 extra points.  Fifty-six percent of his kick-offs went for touchbacks.  Santamaria, who also plays wide receiver and defensive back, helped his team to an 11-1 overall record in 2012.  He earned first-team all-state honors from the Georgia Coaches Association for his performance on special teams.

This offseason, Santamaria achieved 5-star status (Division 1 prospect) from Chris Sailer Kicking, one of the nation’s top kicking instruction organizations.  Sailer ranks the 5’9″, 160-pound prospect as the no. 13 place-kicker in the class of 2014.

“Michael is a very talented and pure lefty kicker.  He has strong leg and gets great lift on his ball.  He is very smooth and consistent off the ground. Kicks well under pressure.  Field goals are near the very top of his class.  Kickoffs are outstanding.  A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic.  Will have a huge senior season.