by Lee Brecheen
August 22, 2011 – Most kickers in high school that I’ve watched start one or two years because the school has a great soccer program and one kicker waits his turn to take the others spot, or they are not ready to go out and kick in a varsity game. Chris Gulino from Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana, has started since his sophomore year on varsity kicking off and kicking field goals. To start three years at the Class 4A level is quite an achievement for a young man to do as a kicker.
I’m very impressed with his accuracy with field goals, and his leg is really strong from 40 to 50 yards. The one thing that makes this kid such a sleeper is the team was so good last year scoring touchdowns they did not have to rely on Gulino’s leg as much in the field goal department. Salmen averaged over 35 points a game, and most of their points were scored in the first half of many of their games. I predict we will see more of Chris Gulino’s leg this year because it’s a young team, and they will need him to kick a few field goals in 2011 to help the team possibly win some games. Chris stands 5-11 and weighs 150 pounds.
This is a kid that is athletic enough to be a WR/DB for the team if he did not play Kicker. Chris in his career has been 90% on field goals made, which is pretty impressive, and he has converted even better than that with extra points in three years. In 2010, Chris made 8 out of 11 field goals and most of those were over or close to 38 to 40 yards in distance. If Chris has a great year kicking field goals in his senior season, he will have a chance, I predict, to get some walk on offers to kick for some DI schools in Louisiana. He will also possibly get a shot kicking for some IAA programs with offers.
Kickers and Punters are two positions that some colleges don’t even offer scholarships too in most recruiting classes. It’s very normal to walk on to a DI school or a IAA school and eventually become the starter and be on scholarship within two years or sooner. I think Chris has the ability to do just that by the time his senior season is over.
Be sure to order the new 2011 Louisiana Football Magazine Preview at www.lafootballmagazine.com/store which has more on Chris Gulino and the Salmen Spartans.
I hope you enjoy the interview below written by writer Mark Clements.
Interview by Mark Clements
LAFM: For starters, what’s your current height, weight and forty time?
CG: Height, I’m 5’11”, weight, I’m 150 and my forty is a 4.7.
LAFM: Are you originally from Louisiana?
CG: Yes sir, Slidell.
LAFM: Which teams did you root for growing up?
CG: I was rooting for the home teams like LSU and Tulane.
LAFM: When did you first start playing football?
CG: Junior high, seventh grade.
LAFM: Has it always been a big part of your family? Have you had any family members who played football in the past?
CG: Yes sir, my brother and a few cousins have been playing. They played junior high and high school.
LAFM: Do you play any other sports?
CG: I play soccer and tennis.
LAFM: Do you play any other positions besides kicker?
LAFM: Is there anyone in college or the Pros that you look up to or try to model your game after?
CG: No sir.
LAFM: What do you think is your biggest strength as a player?
CG: Field goals and extra points.
LAFM: What part of your game are you trying to improve upon most next year?
LAFM: Have you been to any camps at this point? If so, which ones?
CG: I went to a Pro Kicker camp. It was held at USM.
LAFM: Have you heard from any coaches or received any offers?
CG: No sir, just general information about them. They would like to get with me and talk about them.
LAFM: Which schools stick out right now at the top of your list?
CG: Right now Tulane is the only school pushing to get information out of me. If I had to pick a school it’d be Tulane.
LAFM: Have you thought about what you might want to study in college?
CG: I haven’t really decided what I want to study yet.
LAFM: What are some goals you’ve set for next season, for yourself and for the team?
CG: I’d like to be 90 percent on my field goals and extra points. Every year our team goal is to make it to the state championship.
LAFM: Which school is your favorite to play against, or which game gets you the most fired up each year?
CG: The Northshore game. We live on the south side of town and they live on the North side of town and when Katrina hit us, Salmen kind of moved into Northshore and there’s been a big “Spanther” bowl where they put Spartans and Panthers together. We’ve been doing that for about five or six years now.
LAFM: What are some of the most memorable games or plays you’ve been a part of?
CG: My sophomore year we were in a playoff in overtime. Karr had scored a touchdown but they missed the extra point. We scored our touchdown and I made the extra point to win the game.
LAFM: And lastly can you give us your current GPA and ACT score?
CG: My GPA cumulative is either 3.6 or 3.8. ACT I’m at a 20 right now.