January 30, 2012

2012 Breakdown: Kicker



































The University of Alabama went a long time before giving a scholarship to a kicker, but with some of the kicking woes the Crimson Tide suffered from this year, it's no surprise the UA coaching staff offered Adam Griffith. Griffith, a native of Calhoun, Ga., comes in ranked as the No. 2 kicker in the country by Rivals.com and has a chance to make an immediate impact.




This is the sixth in an eight-part series looking at Alabama's 2012 recruiting class as National Signing Day approaches.







TIDESPORTS.COM'S LOOK AT THE KICKER



1. Adam Griffith

High School: Calhoun High School (Calhoun, Ga.)

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Analysis: University of Alabama kicker Jeremy Shelley proved to be clutch in the BCS National Championship Game, but that doesn't hide the Crimson Tide's need for a kicker with a big leg. UA thinks it got its guy when Calhoun, Ga., kicker Adam Griffith committed last January. He was one of the first 2012 players to commit and, despite his position, he could become one of the more important players in this class. As a senior, Griffith consistently made 40-yard field goals and showed the leg to hit 50-yarders as well. In the state championship game, he made four field goals, including the game-winner from 32 yards to defeat Buford. With Shelley returning next year, Griffith may not be the guy right away, but I wouldn't be surprised if he got in the game for longer field-goal attempts. He also might take over as the Tide's kickoff specialist as a freshman.

Quotable: "I'm looking forward to kicking at Alabama. I'm ready. All I can say is that I'll do my best, and, hopefully, I'll make it. I'm not going to be nervous. I'm not going to be cocky about it, but I just don't get nervous with kicks like that. It's just a field goal. That's all I'm thinking about."


Griffith scouting video









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