MaxPreps names Medley Second Team All-American
After earning a spot on the Tennessean's 2012 All-Midstate Team last month, Marshall County junior kicker Aaron Medley received another major honor this past Thursday when he was named to the Second Team Defense of MaxPreps Medium Schools All-American Football Team as a punter.
"It's overwhelming. It's good to get surprised every now and then," said Medley. "I had no idea this was going to happen because I thought I had a pretty average season by my standards. It's a nice honor, but I still have to keep working because I have a new standard to live up to."
During the 2012 season, Medley helped the Tigers consistently win the field position battle by averaging an impressive 45 yards per punt on 44 kicks with a long of 61 yards. He also booted 31-of-45 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, converted 27-of-30 extra points, and made 3-of-6 field goals, highlighted by a school record 50-yarder against Spring Hill.
"It's great to have a kicker like Aaron because as an offense you know you just have to get to the 35-yard line and you're in field goal range," said Marshall County football coach Aaron Pitts. "As a defense, it's nice to make your opponent drive 80 yards because he kicks the ball into the end zone on kickoffs almost every time. He can also place punts anywhere we ask him. He's really a great weapon to have and people are forced to game plan around him."
A three-time All-District performer at MCHS, Medley has handled placekicking, punting, and kickoff duties for the Tigers all three-years. For his career, Medley has converted 78-of-86 extra points, made 17-of-26 field goals, and blasted 74-of-144 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
"Aaron is the best kicker I've been around at the high school level. He works very hard and is very technical. He works like a quarterback on his kicking mechanics," said Pitts. "Even when he kicks the ball well, he'll come back to the sideline and critique his technique."
Medley was bestowed an additional national honor last week when Kohl's Professional Kicking Camps named him their First Team All-American punter for the Class of 2014, while also ranking him as the second best placekicker in his age group. According the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp, Medley is rated the fourth best punter in the country for his class and is the eighth ranked placekicker.
"Anytime you get exposure nationally or regionally it helps your program," said Pitts. "It helps the other kids on the team because it lets them know that if they work hard they can reach their goals. It also helps the morale of the team when they are playing with an All-American because they know he is going to do his job."
Although he has not received a formal scholarship offer yet, Medley has already made game day visits to Tennessee, Ohio State, and Western Kentucky, while LSU has also shown interest in him.
"The recruiting process has been a humbling experience because people will come up and talk to you and you don't even know them," said Medley. "Right now Tennessee and Ohio State have been in contact with me the most, and LSU has been sending me a lot of mail lately."
With Medley on the roster for one more year, Marshall County should once again have an edge in special teams in the 2013 season.