Recruiting Updates from Articles We Can’t Read: The Case of the Tennessee Punter


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TerrapinTimes posted an article today – “Tennessee specialist visits campus“. Before the paywall, this is all you can read:

The Terps have a huge need at punter and this Brentwood (TN) Academy standout visited Maryland officially this past weekend and has the Terps in the lead.

They are very right – with Travis Baltz graduating, the Terps do have a huge need at punter. But without a name, who is this Brentwood (TN) Academy standout?

A quick Google search reveals it’s probably Nathan Renfro. Rivals has a small recruiting page on him, but I’m just going to go with the Chris Sailer Kicking page for info.

Renfro is listed at 6’2″, 200 pounds, and has very good SAT and ACT scores and a 3.9 GPA. Two thoughts on that last part:

1) I thought that 3.9 was his 40 time at first, and had all sorts of questions. Make what you want of the fact that I saw a single digit number with one decimal and I immediately thought 40 time, not GPA.

2) It’s pretty damn creepy that I can find out his SAT and ACT scores and his GPA.

Anyway, Chris Sailer Kicking has a different rating system – three stars is a Division 3 prospect, four stars is Division 2, and five stars is Division 1. Renfro is rated as a five star prospect, and is their sixth-best punter in the 2011 class.

Here’s their player review:

Nathan is an outstanding punter.  He is big, tall, stong, and athletic.  Shows the abilty to hit a huge ball and punt with consistency.  Has all the tools to be a great punter at the next level.  Should be one of the next punters to get offers.  Great prospect.

And finally, the largely underappreciated punter highlight tape, because why the hell not:

You have the chance to get a top ten punter who is being recruited by Harvard AND runs a 3.9 second 40-yard dash? I say go for it.

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