Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lakip


by - Senior Writer -
Discuss on TigerBoard   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Lakip helped his team win the state championship his senior year.
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.”



Rate this Story:
29 votes
Game time announced for Clemson-FSU
Game time announced for Clemson-FSU
Doeren on NC State-Clemson: "Put it on AM radio for all I care"
Doeren on NC State-Clemson: "Put it on AM radio for all I care"
TV announcers for Clemson-NC State
TV announcers for Clemson-NC State
Vegas odds on Clemson-NC State
Vegas odds on Clemson-NC State

Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
Discuss on TigerBoard   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Post your comments!
Subject (Replies: 53) Author
spacer Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
B-Meist®
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
zdonaldsmith®
spacer This would be a great catch for us. I had
TTTavern
spacer Hopefully, he won't turn into a bust like Richard Jackson.
1Tiger1
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
warren
spacer same high school Charlie Whitehurst came from***
Tigerfansince1972®
spacer Won the state championship this year
IPTAY FAMILY
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
C_L_E_M_S_ooO_N
spacer Anybody know where Clemson stands with Lapik?***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
BerlinSPY73®
spacer Let us make that 40 yards.***
CUTIGR69
spacer Why is this front page news? Is Tnet in cahoots with the AD?
Razzmatazz
spacer I'm glad they posted it
CUAtTheFinishLine®
spacer Maybe, but ALL other such news is in the Recruiting section.***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: I'm glad they posted it
Terrierfan
spacer Re: I'm glad they posted it
bmoretiger
spacer Re: I'm glad they posted it
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Good to see something remain positive!***
CUTIGR69
spacer Watkins
Crump®
spacer Watkins was posted in "Recruiting", where this has now moved***
Razzmatazz
spacer Great move if
AL4CU
spacer Re: Great move if
CUAtTheFinishLine®
spacer Some kickers prefer a hashmark spot.
tiger chuck
spacer Re: Some kickers prefer a hashmark spot.
AL4CU
spacer Amen!!! Is that you Danny?***
CUTIGR69
spacer Why waste a scholarship on another kicker?
Chester Cat
spacer Because Catanzaro ranks 95th in field goal percentage!!!***
Razzmatazz
spacer And we need a kick-off guy who can kick it past the end-zone***
Razzmatazz
spacer Because Clemson typcally loses 2-3 games a year due to
cutgrfan®
spacer Have you watched any of our games in the past 4-5 years?***
deleted
spacer Re: Why waste a scholarship on another kicker?
tpaw79
spacer I would give up 2 scholarships for another Chris Gardocki!
CUTIGR69
spacer Re: I would give up 2 scholarships for another Chris Gardocki!
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer BECAUSE WE LOST TWO GAMES because of FG kicker***
tigertrain®
spacer Field goal kicking didn't lose ANY games. See my post below***
Razzmatazz
spacer disagree. A sorry kicker effects your whole outlook and
tigertrain®
spacer Re: Ammon, Once a Clemson Man...Always a Clemson man!
lightbulbbill®
spacer I wonder if KP would have the same advice about dual sports***
BentZero
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
a7xgates
spacer a new guy for everybody to bi#tch about when he doesn't
TIGERCOOK®
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
Dugatiger®
spacer expect him to become a headcase when he gets to clemson***
T_I_P
spacer Re: expect him to become a headcase when he gets to clemson***
jmharri
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
leftie
spacer Even if Catman hit 100% NO more wins would have been assured
Razzmatazz
spacer Good analysis
ptidon
spacer Thanx but the missed Aub FG would have extended OT, not won.***
Razzmatazz
spacer paralysis by analysis..
grvtiger
spacer That seems like quite a leap of faith in fantasy scenarios.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
custarr
spacer Kids got a short stroke ... looks like Igwebuike.***
clempsun
spacer Why is Lakip rated below top 100 in Rivals kicker ratings?
SocMan2®
spacer Re: Clemson offers kicker Ammon Lapik
Tiger103181
Doeren on NC State-Clemson: "Put it on AM radio for all I care"
Doeren on NC State-Clemson: "Put it on AM radio for all I care"
TV announcers for Clemson-NC State
TV announcers for Clemson-NC State
Game time announced for Clemson-FSU
Game time announced for Clemson-FSU
Elliott looking for answers to slow starts on offense
Elliott looking for answers to slow starts on offense
WATCH: David Hood recaps Monday interviews
WATCH: David Hood recaps Monday interviews
WATCH: Lawrence used bye week to relax, fish
WATCH: Lawrence used bye week to relax, fish
Elliott pleased with progression of Lyn-J Dixon
Elliott pleased with progression of Lyn-J Dixon
Monday Insider: Lawrence opens the run game, Venables good friends with Dave Doeren
Monday Insider: Lawrence opens the run game, Venables good friends with Dave Doeren
Depth chart for Clemson-NC State
Depth chart for Clemson-NC State
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest