“Bet you can’t hit a 60 yarder” Say no more pic.twitter.com/kQLXW9ir11
— Richard McCollum (@rich_mccollum) October 3, 2017
Southern Lee High School senior kicker Richard McCollum posted a video Tuesday that showed him booting the ball through the uprights from the 50-yard line.
Why is that impressive? Because that’s 60 yards, just 4 yards away from the NFL record for longest field goal in a game. And those are grown men with trainers and millions of dollars.
For McCollum, it was just another day at practice.
“That is not the first time that I have kicked a 60 yarder in practice,” he said Wednesday. “I normally kick some during practice here and there, but I have never made one past 60 yards.”
Last season, McCollum was 44-for-45 on point-after attempts and kicked a 47-yarder in a game.
So far this year, McCollum is 7-for-11 on field goals and has forced 18 touchbacks on kickoffs through six games. He also made his longest kick of his career — so far — from 48 yards out, which was a Southern Lee record.
Unfortunately, college coaches don’t place a premium on recruiting kickers.
“I have talked to some D1 schools but nothing serious yet,” McCollum said.
That’ll probably change soon, at least from the coaches on Twitter.