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5-Star WPIAL Kicker ‘Couldn’t Say No’ to Opportunity at Alabama

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Peter Notaro

The first four offers for North Allegheny five-star kicker Peter Notaro all came in a matter of a week and they were each intriguing in their own ways.

First it was Pitt, the hometown team on June 17. Then, it was the nearby West Virginia Mountaineers. Finally, it was the last two that came on the same day, June 22, from two of the top programs in the country: Ohio State and Alabama.

After a difficult week and a half considering his choices, Notaro finally made a decision that he couldn’t pass up as committed to Alabama on Wednesday via X.

“The decision was very hard choosing between four great schools,” Notaro told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “It came down to where I could see myself the most and help the team out the most. It was a very difficult decision to make, but I couldn’t say no to the opportunity coach Kalen DeBoer and Jay Nunez gave me.”

Notaro is the No. 4 kicker in the 2025 cycle as he holds a five-star rating as a kicker and four-and-a-half star mark as a punter, according to Kohl’s Professional Camps.

With Notaro emerging as a top prospect recently, it wasn’t much of a surprise that Alabama came calling. Still, it’s very rare for Alabama to yet alone recruit the WPIAL, but to land a prospect, which has not happened since 2013 when Central Valley wide receiver Robert Foster picked the Crimson Tide.

For Notaro, the relationships that he built with the new head coach in DeBoer and the rest of the staff played a critical part in his decision.

“I have a great relationship with coach DeBoer and coach Nunez and have had great conversations with them. They are going to be great at Alabama, and I can’t wait to help them win games,” Notaro said.

Earlier in the spring, Notaro made visits to several schools that were recruiting him, including a stop at Tuscaloosa, Ala. in April.

“It was awesome to be on campus for the first time. The culture and atmosphere at ‘Bama is comparable to none, and I can’t wait to get back down there,” Notaro said.

While Notaro’s offers took some time to fall in line, his recruitment was still active following his junior season. In the fall, Notaro went 7-of-8 in his field goal attempts and 23-of-24 in point-after attempts on the way to helping North Allegheny win a Class 6A WPIAL title.

“The process was very long as it is for the majority of all specialists. I knew from the beginning that I had to keep doing everything I could to get an offer and continued at it until just a week or two ago. It’s definitely a longer process than other positions on a team, but I just had to stick with it,” he said.

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JHoff14
JHoff14
9 days ago

What’s the world coming to when Pitt can’t even keep a local kicker home! Oh I know what it is…… 💰💰💰💰💰

Pittband
Pittband
9 days ago
Reply to  JHoff14

Another WPIAL star disappears in Birmingham, Alabama.

Columbus Panther
Columbus Panther
8 days ago

He’s a kicker. Let’s be honest his decision comes down to campus life and how important are the games he’s kicking in. Pitt losing out on him shouldn’t come as a surprise or indictment on the program. It’s like being an IT Specialist. If Google or Apple comes calling do you really pass it up to stay at home and work for UPMC?

Rob
Rob
8 days ago

You would think a kicker would want to go to a team that may have more chances at FG’s than extra points. Kickers don’t need to go to top 10 programs to be noticed by the pro’s.

Terry
Terry
8 days ago

It’s all about the money, these guys just need to be honest we can’t compete against the big boys when comes to money so it is what it is

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