Top-ranked kicking recruit knows pressure moments

Give a read over the first of three recruiting profiles that you can see in the next few newspapers. Today, the subject is kicker and Alabama commit  Adam Griffith.

TUSCALOOSA — From his seat in Bryant-Denny Stadium on an early November night, Adam Griffith saw the perils of college football kicking.


He was on a visit the day Crimson Tide specialists missed four of six kicks in the 9-6 overtime loss to LSU. It made an impact.

“I think for the first time there, he felt the pressure of being a college kicker,” said Hal Lamb, Griffith’s high school coach.

As the nation’s No. 1 high school place-kicker, according to two recruiting services, the Calhoun (Ga.) High School senior faced his share of tense moments. That, and his character, Lamb said, should help his transition to college.

Griffith is committed to sign as part of Alabama’s top-ranked recruiting class Wednesday. Less than two months earlier, the weight of a state championship landed on the shoulders of the Polish-born kicker.

Foreshadowing Jeremy Shelley’s five-kick BCS title game performance, Griffith nailed four in the Class AA title game Dec. 9. His 32-yarder in overtime beat Buford, led by fellow Alabama commit Dillon Lee, 27-24 after making a 46-yard field goal earlier in the game.

Lamb said Griffith was true from as deep as 52 yards in the undefeated run to the Georgia Dome this past fall.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to put him out there 55 or less,” Lamb said. “It didn’t matter what the conditions were. He’s a special talent. That’s for sure.”

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