Kosy’s Carter gets his kicks at Texas campBy ELTON HAYES,
Will Carter kicked a soccer ball long before he picked up a football. He did not do the latter until he was in the eighth grade, but he has not put the football down since.
Last week, Carter was one of fewer than 60 high school kickers from across the nation to participate in the Kicking World 2019 National Showcase in Austin, Texas.
Carter, a sophomore at Kosciusko High School, finished 27th in the competition in punt and he placed in the top 40 in field goals.
“I was thankful for the opportunity to go there, and was happy that the coaches selected me,” Carter said. “There were a lot of people from around the nation there from California, Oregon, Kansas, Florida.”
Despite the pressure of competing against dozens of new kickers and punters, Carter said he felt comfortable during the showcase even though he was being compared with older, more experienced athletes at the weekend event.
“I think I did pretty good,” he said. “I was one of the youngest there.”
Carter is also a member of Kosciusko’s baseball and soccer teams, where he plays catcher and midfield/right wing. He credits his soccer background for giving him the skills necessary to succeed on the gridiron.
“I’ve been playing since I was 4, and at the end of the eighth grade, I decided to start trying kicking,” Carter said. “I was pretty good at it when I started, and I started going to lessons with a guy who helped me out a lot.”
Carter said he aspires to one day kick at the collegiate level. When asked what he enjoys most about kicking, he did not hesitate to give an answer.
“Just the pressure when you’re about to kick a field goal,” Carter said.