Van Winkle talks record, unofficial visit

Washington-bound kicker Cameron Van Winkle is looking forward to kicking at a renovated Husky Stadium next year. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Cameron Van Winkle said the moment was set up perfectly.

It was just before halftime of Snoqualmie (Wash.) Mount Si’s homecoming game and the senior kicker was one field goal away from setting the state's career record.

He lined up for a 30-yard kick and when it sailed through the uprights, his teammates spilled onto the field to celebrate with him.

“It was great to break the field-goals record,” the Washington commit said. “It felt good. It’s been a long goal that I’ve had all season.”

Van Winkle has been working toward the record since he found out he was getting close at the end of last season. But the Wildcats have scored so many touchdowns this year, he hasn’t gotten many opportunities to kick field goals.

“I’ve just been waiting patiently this whole season,” he said.

One week after kicking his 34th field goal on Oct. 5, which broke the mark held by Washington State kicker Andrew Furney during his high school career at Burlington-Edison (Wash.), Van Winkle added a 35th against Bellevue (Wash.), which is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings.

The next day he celebrated his birthday at CenturyLink Field, watching Washington’s 24-14 loss to USC.

“Too bad we couldn’t win,” he said.

The Huskies lost, but Van Winkle enjoyed the game. He also attended Washington’s upset win over Stanford and said he has been impressed with how loud it gets at CenturyLink Field.

“It gets so loud there,” he said. “It was so cool.”

While he won’t be kicking at the Huskies' temporary home next season -- Washington opens up a renovated Husky Stadium in 2013 -- Van Winkle is looking forward to the opportunity to kick in front of more than 70,000 fans.

“It’s going to be crazy,” he said.