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Walsh Jesuit senior kicker-punter Mike Knoll commits to Boston College

By Michael Beaven Published: August 25, 2013

Walsh Jesuit senior Mike Knoll accessed his college options and the lure of playing football near a big city was just too much to pass up.

Knoll has committed to kick and punt as a scholarship player at Boston College.

Knoll, 17, made 24-of-24 point after touchdown kicks and converted 1-of-2 field goal attempts as a junior. He also averaged 41 years per punt, and 17 of his 28 kickoffs went for touchbacks.

“It was a long thought out process,” Knoll said. “I had four other Division I offers. I loved that Boston College is near the big city. Boston is a big city and Boston College is right there [in Chestnut Hill]. The business school is ranked sixth in the country, and it is also a school that has a BCS football program.”

Knoll, who is 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, earned his first varsity letter last year. Purdue, Air Force, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo were the other four schools who offered him a scholarship.

“Mike followed in Ross Martin’s footsteps as far as complete dedication to kicking,” Walsh coach Gerry Rardin said. “Ross is kicking is for Duke now. He went to all these camps and clinics around the country and Mike did the same thing.”

Knoll, a Copley resident, plans to major in business at Boston College.

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