FSU kicker pipeline continues: Roberto Aguayo declares for NFL

Roberto Aguayo is one of the best kickers in FSU history. (USATSI)

Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo has been regarded as one of the best kickers in the country since he first took the field in Tallahassee as a freshman. The Mascotte, Fla. native won the Lou Groza Award in 2013 and was an All-American pick each of his three years with the Seminoles. 

With all that accomplished, and his younger brother, Ricky, coming to Florida State next season, Aguayo made the decision to leave school early to enter the 2016 NFL Draft

"After giving this decision careful thought and meeting with my family and Coach Fisher, I have decided to enter the NFL Draft," Aguayo said in a statement."These last four years have been nothing short of incredible on and off the field. I have made memories that I will always treasure. One goal when I got here was to graduate, and I'm thankful I was able to earn my degree in Criminology this fall.

"Ever since I was a kid, I have bled Garnet and Gold. When I received a scholarship to play football at FSU from Coach Fisher, it was a dream come true and a blessing."

Aguayo leaves Florida State with an incredible 88.5 percent (69-of-78) rate on field goal attempts, and he never missed an extra point (198 attempts). CBSSports.com projects that Aguayo will be the first kicker selected, potentially in the second or third round of the draft.

"I'm very happy for Roberto and his family," Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said. "He was phenomenal for us here at Florida State. He's arguably one of the best kickers not only in Florida State history, but in NCAA history. I wish him nothing but the best. He was a great player, but also a great leader for our team and a great ambassador for our university. We're very excited for him and we will look forward to watching him compete in the NFL for years to come."

If the other former Florida State kickers active now suit up again in 2016 (Sebastian Janikowski, Graham Gano, Dustin Hopkins), the Seminoles will have four kickers in the NFL -- in 2015, no other school had more than two. 

Ricky Aguayo, rated the No. 12 kicker in the 2016 recruiting class, committed to Florida State this summer. 

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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