You didn’t just read a typo, the Texas A&M Football team has a 6-star kicker committed to play in College Station. If you look up Ethan Muczolski, you’ll see him come up as a 3-star kicker prospect on popular sites like 247Sports.
That said, those recruiting sites have done a historically bad job of ranking kickers. To get a better idea of how good a kicker is, you’re generally best suited to use a site that specifically ranks that position.
In this case, we’re looking at Chris Sailer’s Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping Player Rankings, where the Aggies have a player standing atop the list.
Texas A&M Football kicker commit Ethan Muczolski is ranked as the country’s best kicker
Even though it’s fun to say that the Aggie commit is a 6-star recruit, his actual star rating doesn’t really mean much. Here’s how they rank each player.
- 6-star: FBS Power 5 freshman year starter, scholarship pick
- 5-star: FBS Freshman Year Starter, Scholarship Pick
- 4.5-star: FCS Freshman Year Starter, Scholarship Pick or FBS PWO
I could keep going, but you get the idea.
One single fact remains — Muczolski is ranked as the best kicker in the country above five other 6-star kickers. These kickers notably include Jack Stone, a Michigan State commit, and Will Bettridge, a Virginia commit.
Not only is Muczolski a strong placekicker, but he’s capable of strong kickoffs as well. While some teams may have to rotate players to kick off, the Aggies shouldn’t have to in the future. The 6-star kicker is also known to thrive under pressure, which may be his most valuable asset.
This gives the Aggies the top-ranked kicker commit and the top-ranked long snapper commit for the 2022 class. It may not seem that important, but Jimbo Fisher is leaving no stone unturned, making sure he has top-tier talent at every single position on the field.
Right now, Texas A&M already has one of the better kickers in the conference in Seth Small, a player whose eligibility will be running out soon. In all likelihood, Muczolski will fill in as his replacement.