Two weeks ago, the Air Force Academy extended an offer to Carson Bay, which was a big deal. After all, getting a scholarship at the Division I-A level is a rarity for kickers, most of whom start off as walk-ons.
So the Robinson standout did not want to waste too much time making a decision. On Wednesday, he announced his commitment to the Falcons.
“It’s not often do you get such an exceptional offer this early on in the process,” said Bay, a rising senior. “And not only on the football side but on the academic side and the career side as well. The way the academy set you up for the future made the decision really easy.”
Last season, Bay shared punting and place kicking duties with Steven Verdisco, who is now at Georgia Tech as a preferred walk-on. As a junior, Bay was 7-of-8 on extra points and hit both of his field goal attempts. He also averaged 35.6 yards per punt.
In the offseason, Bay continued to improve. He is listed nationally as the second-ranked punter and 12th-best kicker by NKR (National Kicking Rankings).
Bay excels just as much in the classroom. The International Baccalaureate student has a 5.8 weighted grade point average and has scored 1,320 on his SAT. He wants to eventually go to medical school and serve as an Air Force doctor.