Brazilian kicker getting big-time interest

Rafael Gaglianone didn't come to the United States to be a big-time college football prospect.

"I came out here just to go abroad and study," the native Brazilian said. "It turned out I have the potential to kick, so I started."

With a soccer background, Gaglianone is now a place-kicking prospect. The kicker from Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor has seen recent interest from several big-name schools, namely LSU, Duke, BYU and Ohio State.

"They want me to go down there to a camp," Gaglianone said of the Buckeyes. "I've already visited a game."

Just a junior, Gaglianone doesn't have a scholarship offer yet but he is well on his way. That's not a surprise considering he can kick field goals from 60 yards or more and routinely drives the ball into the end zone on kickoffs.

"Making field goals to help my team and kicking kickoffs in the end zone is what I like," Gaglianone said.

Gaglianone saw the potential in kicking last year on the junior varsity team while senior Henrique Ribeiro was handling kicking duties for the varsity. Ribeiro went on to win Mr. Football as a kicker in Baylor's division and now is kicking for Chattanooga.

"For me, it's real exciting," Gaglianone said of his opportunity. "It's the first year I'm playing. Now I'm following his path."

Gaglianone has hit the kicking camp circuit to improve his game. College recruiters are appreciating the work.