Place-kicker Troy Van Blarcom (6-3, 200, 4.8) from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran is without question one of the top place-kickers in the nation. How many other kickers do you know who have four offers from major programs from across the nation?
Van Blarcom’s recruitment started out quickly with an offer from Missouri followed by Alabama shortly after that. Arizona State came through with an offer late last week and the offer that Van Blarcom wanted most came this past weekend when Van Blarcom shined at USC’s skill camp yesterday (Sunday April 25, 2004).
Van Blarcom has taken the excitement out of his recruitment early when he accepted USC’s offer to attend school and play football for the Trojans.
Trojan fans remember suffering through special teams woes that cost them a few over the past few years. Now USC can look forward to having one of the nation’s finest place-kickers join punter Tom Malone in 2005 making the Trojans special in the kicking game.
“Troy was offered a scholarship by USC and he accepted,” Ron Van Blarcom, Troy’s Dad said. “USC is a great fit for him.”
“We are very excited for him as a family,” Ron Van Blarcom said. “Troy’s extended family on his Mom’s side is huge USC people.”
With the first name of Troy, Van Blarcom must have been destined to be a Trojan.
Even though Van Blarcom has heavy Trojan ties it hasn’t kept him from working on his kicking with former UCLA All-American Chris Sailer.
Sailer had the following to say about his star pupil in an earlier interview with Rivals.com.
“This kid is one of the best in the country,” Sailer said. “I held a workout with him this past Saturday and he averaged 4.40 hang time over eight kick-offs. The kid is amazing.”
What are the Trojans getting in the strong legged Van Blarcom? Out of 74 kickoffs, 60 kickoffs were 60 yards or better, 31 of his kickoffs were 70 yards or better.
That is a super weapon. That means 60 of his kicks ended up making the opposition start at the 20. Van Blarcom’s average kickoff was 67 yards.
Van Blarcom was 62 out 63 on PAT’s and hit on six field goals out of nine attempts with a long of 45 yards. He was selected all-CIF, all-county and second-team all-state for his junior season performance.
Van Blarcom has hit a 65 yard field goal in practice.
Look for Van Blarcom to add punting to his duties in 2004.
Van Blarcom is getting an abundance of mail from schools all over the nation.
Besides offers from ASU, Missouri and Alabama; Notre Dame and Wisconsin showed a lot of interest.
Great get for USC.