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West kicker Austin Seibert featured in Parade Magazine

First it was an early verbal commitment to the Sooners of Oklahoma University.

Then he picked up 45,000 views to a YouTube video of him splitting the uprights from 70 yards away. (see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc_xmu4pmfY)

Then he was selected to play in, and got serious face time during, the nationally-televised Under Armour All-American high school football game.

Now the legend of Belleville West Maroons’ kicker Austin Seibert continues to grow.

The senior football star is featured as part of Parade Magazines High School All-America Football Team, which is revealed in this weekend’s edition. Parade Magazine is available in each Sunday’s Belleville News-Democrat.

Seibert is rated No. 78 overal on the ESPN Top 100 list of high school football prospects, and is the top-rated kicker. He committed to join the Sooners in Oklahoma even before completing a stellar at West, during which he earned all kinds of honors including Belleville News-Democrat all-area honors.

He also recently was named an All-American by MaxPreps, a web-based organization which focues on high school sports nationwide and tracks top college prospects.

As a punter, he showed great accuracy in pinning opponents deep inside their own territory and his 44.89 yards-per-kick average would have ranked No. 21 in the NFL.

As a placekicker, he had 13 field goals — with a long of 51 yards — and 37 extra points to lead the Maroons in scoring at 76. He also averaged more than 72 yards in 51 kickoffs, but more frequently put his kickoffs through the back of the endzone or, often, through the goal posts.

According to ESPN, Seibert also received college offers from Missouri, Northwestern, Miami (Fla.), Kentucky, Colorado, Indiana, Sam Houston State, and Alabama-Birmingham.

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