Under Armour All-America Game 2013: Meet 270-Pound Kicker Ryan Santoso
Ryan Santoso is not your average kicker. Think of the biggest kicker you have ever seen put foot to football, then add three inches and 70 pounds.
Now you have Santoso, a 6'5", 270-pound native of Pace, Fla. who is committed to Minnesota.
The Gopher commit turned heads when he took the field in the Under Armour All-America Game, though he pushed his first field-goal attempt wide right.
He would then come back and drill a 44-yarder that looked like it could have been good from 64.
His route to earning the All-America honor is an interesting one. He was a virtual unknown until he burst onto the scene by outshining some of the nation's best young kickers at a camp this summer. It was there, in Wisconsin, where he would earn his spot in Under Armour's annual game.
"It was actually at a kicking competition up in Wisconsin, and they told me right on the spot that I was invited," Santoso told ESPN's Derek Tyson. "I beat a guy that's committed to Georgia Tech, so I just couldn't believe it—I was so excited."
According to Tyson, Santoso also excels in the classroom, boasting a 3.4 GPA with plans to major in pre-med at Minnesota.
In addition to earning high grades, he earned his spot on Florida's 6A All-State team (via TimesUnion.com).
Per Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Santoso was 14-of-17 kicking with a long of 42 yards on the year. He also hit 46 touchbacks on 48 kickoffs.
Impressive stuff for the big fella.
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