Looking for a special team’s player that excels at both punting and kicking? If so then, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas’s Jay Ottovegio is the man for the job. The 6-foot and 190 pound kicking standout was selected to the first team all-state team by handling all of the kicking duties as a junior. He already has an offer from a big-time school with interest from several other ones.
“Stanford has offered me,” Ottovegio said. “Florida, Texas, and Boston College are all writing me. My top five are Stanford, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Boston College. Stanford is my favorite because it’s the best academic and athletic package. I like Florida because of their football tradition, and that it’s somewhat close to home. It’s a good school.”
Ottovegio told FloridaRecruiting.com that he has no plans to commit early. He is going to sit back and see how it plays out. He indicated that Florida could become a real player with an offer.
Ottovegio credits his success to strength of his leg.
“My strength is in my leg,” Ottovegio said. “Most of my kickoffs end up in the end zone. The average is 70%. I also have some good distance in my field goals. Four out of seven were from over 40-yards with the longest being 47-yards. In punting, I have pretty good hang-time. This spring during practice, I averaged a hang-time of 4.5 seconds”
This summer, Ottovegio plans to attend a kicking camp with his coach.