A freshman at United States Naval Academy in Annapolis has decided it would be best for his future to transfer to Iowa State University. Cameron Shook will be leaving his full-ride scholarship behind to become a preferred walk-on punter in the Big 12.
Shook measures in at 6-foot-3 and 184 pounds.
— Cameron Shook (@Cameron_Shook35) April 1, 2020
Here is his Hudl so you can watch his style before he hits the field this fall.
Why did you choose to go to Navy before your senior year of football?
I chose the Naval Academy, because it had everything that I wanted in a school: Amazing academics, the chance to serve this great country, a great football program, and an incredible, rich culture, and history behind it. I promised my parents when I was younger that I wouldn’t let them pay for my college education, that I was going to earn a scholarship, and although Iowa State offered me as a preferred walk-on, I still have a chance to make that a reality by working hard and doing everything the team needs me to do.
You were a 2-star punter/kicker, do you think that make schools shy away since you were considered a punter?
In high school, I could kick, punt and kick off at a pretty high level. But because of my size and my long levers, I think I was an easier sell to college coaches as a punter rather than a kicker.
What is your favorite meal?
My favorite meal is a cheeseburger with curly fries.
What was your favorite place to go to in Annapolis?
My favorite place to go in Annapolis was either the bowling alley or just hanging out with friends, wherever that may have been.
What is your favorite football memory?
My favorite football memory was at Navy when I got to dress up for a game and run onto the field with my brothers, the crowd roaring, seeing my family in the stands, and I pointed to the sky to give glory to God who gave me that opportunity. It really seemed as though time slowed down and stopped.
What is your longest punt in a game?
I never earned a chance to punt at Navy in a game, but my farthest punt in practice is 67 yards and longest in a high school game was 63 yards.
When you signed with Navy, when would your service period start in the military?
My service to the country would have started the summer of 2022, after graduating and being commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps or an ensign in the Navy.
Did you announce that you wanted to be in the military post-football? Is that why you were recruited by two military schools?
Yes. I was and still am a patriotic kid and wanted to serve. Every high school game, I would carry the American flag onto the field and I had so much pride in living in the greatest country in the world that I thought serving was the best thing for me.
How is living in the suburbs of Detroit?
I live in Grosse Pointe, which is a suburb of Detriot. I love it here and living on Lake St. Clair is amazing, especially in the spring, summer, and fall. I grew up in California, was born in Texas, and stayed in Annapolis for a year and a half and I can say wholeheartedly that Michigan is the best place I have lived so far. Great people and better friends.
What are some of your hobbies besides football?
Wakeboarding, going on the boat, fishing, taking drives while listening to music, hanging with friends, and watching movies.
What is a ridiculous fact about you that most do not know about you?
Most people don’t know I love country music and I love to dress up in a suit and tie for a good occasion.
What degree do you plan on majoring in?
Business management with a focus on organizational leadership.
Favorite type of drink?
7-Eleven Cherry Coke slushy or a milkshake.
Favorite candy bar?
Favorite college team growing up?
Texas, Alabama, and Ohio State.
Who was your idol growing up?
The Accountant, Miracle, 13 Hours, or Lone Survivor.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
If you had to compare your style to an NFL/college player, who would be the closest to your style?
(Los Angeles Rams’ punter) Johnny Hekker.
Favorite cartoon growing up?
Favorite celebration after a big play?
I’m not really into celebrations, but I will be incredibly energetic after every punt. (Yell, jump up and down, and point to the sky) or a salute.
How many years of eligibility will you have left?
Three years left.
Learn more in Part II about the story of his transfer.