“I committed to Coach Mitchell at Wake Forest,” kicker Shane Popham told DeaconSports.com this past week.
Popham’s commitment comes just over a week after the 5’11, 180-pound kicker took his official visit to Wake Forest. “I went in not knowing too much about the football program other than they won the ACC championship,” the 1st team All-State kicker noted. “I met with Jon Temple, a walk-on senior kicker and he said he really enjoyed every minute. That coming from a walk-on kicker who didn’t play much means something. Even if I weren’t to play a lot, I would still enjoy being there.”
Prior to committing to walk-on at Wake, he had spoken with other high profile programs. “Notre Dame, I’ve talked to them on the phone a few times and Florida but that didn’t pan out. N.C. State was supposed to come visit my coach this [past] week and wanted to set up a visit for me to go there but that’s not going to happen.”
This past season, Popham converted 18/27 field goals with all of his misses from outside of 40-yards. Six of those were 49-yards or further. Popham also converted 56/56 PATs.
Although Wake Forest’s staff would like to take the pressure off of Sam Swank pulling kickoff, punting, and kicker duties, Popham noted that he has been told that he will redshirt next year and see action after his redshirt season. “[The coaches] said I would be redshirting but traveling with the team in case something happens with Sam [Swank] which we hope doesn’t happen. I know they’re actively recruiting a punter as well.”
Popham has already qualified to attend Wake Forest.