When IMG kicker Ricky Aguayo gets to Florida State University he’ll have a tough act to follow. His older brother Roberto was the starting kicker on the Seminoles 2013 BCS Championship team and won nearly every honor a freshman kicker could including the Lou Groza Award. He was also named a finalist for the Groza Award in 2014.
However, Ricky is quick to say he’s the better kicker and he’s got one leg up on his brother by making the Under Armour All-America Game.
“He was one kick away actually,” Ricky Aguayo said. “At Jamie Kohl’s kicking camp, where they pick for the game out of like 500 kids and he was one kick away. He lost out to Ross Martin, the kicker at Duke.”
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When it comes to the personal competition between the brothers, Aguayo said they play a version of “pig” and by his calculations he has a 3-1 record against his older brother.
“I’m definitely the better kicker,” Ricky said. “I beat him all the time.”
Ricky said the gift of kicking is a result of their father, Mexican-born Roberto Sr., who was a big soccer fan growing up.
“My dad loved soccer very much and he would take us out to the soccer field when we were young,” Ricky Aguayo said. “When we were born he showed us a soccer ball and said ‘this is what you’re going to do’. And we’ve been kicking on the fields and in the backyard, that’s where our work ethic came from.”
Aguayo came to IMG Academy from Orlando. He found himself without a place to play football when his school, Monteverde Academy, shut down their football program.
“I know this is a very prestigious academy,” Aguayo said. “And I wanted to be in a situation where I could take a step forward and not a step back. It’s very motivating because I am around kids that have the same hunger I do.”
Aguayo is hopeful that he and his brother will finally be teammates next year at FSU but there’s no guarantee that Roberto, a redshirt junior, will stick around for his senior year. If he doesn’t stay Ricky says he’ll be ready for action.
“I’d love for us to be teammates and if that happens I will redshirt,” Ricky Aguayo said. “But he’s got a tough decision to make and if he decides to move on I will be ready to kick as a true freshman.”
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