Specialists are often overlooked by fans and the casual college football observer but coaches recognize that special teams is one-third of the game of football and vital in determining the outcome of games.
Syracuse believes they have found their future punter in Jonathan Fisher, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound rising senior from Oakfield (N.Y.) Alabama Central.
"Yes, I'm committed," Fisher confirmed on Wednesday.
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"I was there this morning and they offered me face to face. My dad and I got out of the car and coach (Bob) Casullo came walking right towards us. Right in the parking lot he told us they wanted to offer me. They said I had 24 hours but I told him, 'Coach, I'm taking it."
It was an easy decision for Fisher, who grew up just two hours from the Syracuse campus. he has been to the school numerous times and knows that he has found the right place.
"I've always followed their sports and I like the campus a lot," he explained. "The coaches there are just unbelievable. They're great coaches and I love them all. That's where I've always wanted to go since I started kicking (in the sixth grade)."
Though Fisher is being brought to Syracuse to be the school's punter of the future he handles all the kicking duties for his high school.
Last fall he averaged 46.7 yards per punt with a long of 63 and a long field goal of 36 yards. He had also been recruited by Rutgers, UConn and West Virginia.
He said he is a solid verbal commitment and will not be visiting other schools.