One Tennessee High School prospect grew up rooting for the Big Orange and White. Memphis Christian…
Coachspeak: Corey Acosta
Corey Acosta profile "When you have a kicker that can put the ball in the endzone and make the other team drive it eighty yards to begin the game or on the next possession it gives you a huge advantage," said Coach Locastro. "Corey's been able to do that for us pretty consistently." Acosta is more than just a kicker who bides his time on the sidelines waiting to go kick. "Corey's a real athlete," said Locastro. "He started on our soccer team that won the state championship. As a freshman he came in here and made the basketball team. "He brings that athletic mentality to the team and he just loves football. I can't really talk to a lot of the guys that kick for me because we don't have anything in common. With Corey he's a fan of the game and a student of the game." Several schools inquired about Acosta, but in the end Southern Miss was the right fit. "We had a lot of schools show interest," said Locastro. "The recruiting process is a lot different for kickers and Corey knows that. "A lot of people want you to walk on, earn the job and then talk about a scholarship later. Tennessee offered him a preferred walk on situation, but he had offers from Memphis and Southern Miss. "Coach Fedora understands the importance of the kicking game and he was willing to put some money into it by offering Corey a scholarship. That makes a difference." Another key factor in the decision was the down to Earth approach to recruiting that the Eagles took. "I can't say enough about Coach Barney Farrar," said Locastro. "You sit down with him and talk with him for five minutes and you feel like you've known him for five years. "He did a great job with Corey. Coach Farrar just had a way of making everyone feel comfortable and that was real important."
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