The first transfer commitment has been made from the Snow College football team, and it didn’t take long at all.
Panazzolo made the commitment during a campus visit during and says he committed on the spot. Panazzolo chose to play for the Red Raiders over Louisiana Tech and Boise State.
“They have a really good coaching staff there…Being in a power conference, I believe my exposure will be better and that the quality of football will be better.”
Texas Tech, based in Lubbock, Texas, is part of the Big 12 conference and is labeled a “power-5” conference by the College Football Playoff Committee. As such, national coverage is the norm there.
Panazzolo came to Snow from Adelaide, Australia and is currently in his sophomore season with the Badgers. Currently, he ranks fourth among all NJCAA punters with an average of 41.0 yards per punt. Last week at Eastern Arizona, Panazzolo averaged over 45 yards per punt with three inside the 20-yard line.
As a child, Panazzolo says he found it strange initially playing American football in Australia, a country largely dominated by rugby and soccer. “Pads and helmets were the weirdest,” Panazzolo says. His father helped to establish an American football league in south Australia, and Panazzolo remembers learning the rules of football at a young age.
“I’ve been wanting to do this since I was really young,” Panazzolo says. “Since I was 13 years-old, it’s been a dream of mine. It’s really exciting to be able to go out and live my dream.”
If recent history conveys anything, Panazzolo is likely to be the first of many transfers from the Badgers this year going into next college football season.