Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lakip


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Lakip helped his team win the state championship his senior year.

CLEMSON – The Clemson coaching staff, realizing that field goal kicking was an issue in 2010, has moved to rectify the situation in 2011 by offering a full scholarship to kicker Ammon Lakip of Alpharetta (Chattahoochee HS) Ga.

Lakip said Clemson entered the recruitment process late, but he now plans to be on campus for an official visit on January 29th.

“They called me a couple of days ago for the first time,” Lakip said. “I hadn’t really been talking to them, but Coach Swinney called me last night and made the offer.”

Lakip has offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Air Force and Auburn, while UConn has offered him as a preferred walk-on. Auburn is offering a gray shirt.

Lakip said he will take two other visits – to Auburn on the 14th and Georgia Tech on the 21st, then make his decision following the Clemson visit on the 29th.

The 5-11, 175-pounder said he made a 51-yard game-winning field in the state playoffs this past November, and he feels like that coolness under pressure is his best asset.

“I like to think I am ice cold out on the football field,” Lakip said. “I have ice water in my veins when it’s time to make a big kick. I know I need to work on some things before college, though. I feel comfortable with field goals 55 yards and even a little over, but I need to work on my kickoffs and my punting.”

He said that he has been told he would back up Zimmerman, a personal friend of his, at punter while working as field goal kicker.

He also knows former Clemson kicker and Chattahoochee kicker Mark Buckholz, who was also a two-sport star. Lakip visited Clemson on a soccer recruiting trip back in April, but decided to take football as his route of choice after a talk with Buckholz.

“I visited Clemson and I really liked it,” he said. “But I decided to hold off on soccer. Mark is a good friend, and I watched him play here at Chattahoochee. He told me to pick one sport and don’t play the other. He said he would have been better off to play just one, and gotten better at that one sport. That is what I am going to do.”



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Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
B-Meist®
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
zdonaldsmith®
This would be a great catch for us. I had
TTTavern
Hopefully, he won't turn into a bust like Richard Jackson.
1Tiger1
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
warren®
same high school Charlie Whitehurst came from***
Tigerfansince1972®
Won the state championship this year
IPTAY FAMILY
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
C_L_E_M_S_ooO_N
Anybody know where Clemson stands with Lapik?***
Razzmatazz
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
BerlinSPY73®
Let us make that 40 yards.***
CUTIGR69®
Why is this front page news? Is Tnet in cahoots with the AD?
Razzmatazz
I'm glad they posted it
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Maybe, but ALL other such news is in the Recruiting section.***
Razzmatazz
Re: I'm glad they posted it
Terrierfan
Re: I'm glad they posted it
bmoretiger
Re: I'm glad they posted it
allorangeallthetime52®
Good to see something remain positive!***
CUTIGR69®
Watkins
Crump®
Watkins was posted in "Recruiting", where this has now moved***
Razzmatazz
Great move if
AL4CU®
Re: Great move if
CUAtTheFinishLine®
Some kickers prefer a hashmark spot.
tiger chuck
Re: Some kickers prefer a hashmark spot.
AL4CU®
Amen!!! Is that you Danny?***
CUTIGR69®
Why waste a scholarship on another kicker?
Chester Cat
Because Catanzaro ranks 95th in field goal percentage!!!***
Razzmatazz
And we need a kick-off guy who can kick it past the end-zone***
Razzmatazz
Because Clemson typcally loses 2-3 games a year due to
cutgrfan®
Have you watched any of our games in the past 4-5 years?***
deleted
Re: Why waste a scholarship on another kicker?
tpaw79
I would give up 2 scholarships for another Chris Gardocki!
CUTIGR69®
Re: I would give up 2 scholarships for another Chris Gardocki!
allorangeallthetime52®
BECAUSE WE LOST TWO GAMES because of FG kicker***
tigertrain
Field goal kicking didn't lose ANY games. See my post below***
Razzmatazz
disagree. A sorry kicker effects your whole outlook and
tigertrain
Re: Ammon, Once a Clemson Man...Always a Clemson man!
lightbulbbill®
I wonder if KP would have the same advice about dual sports***
BentZero
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
a7xgates
a new guy for everybody to bi#tch about when he doesn't
TIGERCOOK®
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
Dugatiger®
expect him to become a headcase when he gets to clemson***
T_I_P
Re: expect him to become a headcase when he gets to clemson***
jmharri
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
leftie
Even if Catman hit 100% NO more wins would have been assured
Razzmatazz
Good analysis
ptidon
Thanx but the missed Aub FG would have extended OT, not won.***
Razzmatazz
paralysis by analysis..
grvtiger
That seems like quite a leap of faith in fantasy scenarios.
Razzmatazz
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
custarr
Kids got a short stroke ... looks like Igwebuike.***
clempsun
Why is Lakip rated below top 100 in Rivals kicker ratings?
SocMan2®
Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
Tiger103181

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