College Exposure Program
College Recruiting Simplified:
Step 1. We chart you, film you, evaluate you, and coach you.
Step 2. We rank you against other specialists in your class.
Step 3. We communicate with college coaches and match you up with schools in need.
College Exposure Facts for Specialists:
1. Recruiting process goes through kicking camps/coaches. This was not the case fifteen years ago. But these days, kicker who does not work with a well-connected kicking coach, gets overlooked. College coaches are busy. Instead of going through hundreds of highlight videos, they prefer to simply contact a kicking coach and ask for top prospects. It saves them time and it ensures that kickers who they are recruiting are pre-approved.
2. Regardless of how many camps you attend, and how much money you spend on your kicking coach, you still need to be very good in order to get a scholarship. What is good? Click here for general performance standards of what is needed to kick in college. You also have to back it up by kicking well in the games and kicking well at college camps that you attend.
3. If you are a late bloomer, you may have to walk-on and earn a scholarship. I often see athletes who are on the verge of becoming great kickers. But it doesn't happen early enough to warrant a scholarship offer. Colleges are looking for a complete package when they decide to offer a scholarship - strong leg with solid mechanics. Walking-on (being invited to join a team without getting athletic money) is a good way to get your foot in the door. Once you are on a team, if you outkick the other guys, you win a scholarship. One word of caution about walking on: do not go to a school that scholashipped a kicker out of your graduating class, or the class right before you. They will favor the scholarshipped kicker and it will not be a fair competition for the starting job.
4. Every kicking coach has different strenghts and does things a bit differently. Unlike mega camps that see thousands of athletes, we see about 600 athletes annually. This means that we do not have as many college prospects to offer to schools. But the positive side is that athletes who are good enough find themselves ranked a lot higher on our short list that we send to colleges - Click Here for Top Prospects.
We evaluate and rank specialists at the Northwestern Chicago Land Showcase that is attended by 60+ colleges every year. We are also guest coaches and talent evaluators at several other Big 10 kicking camps.
Emails received from College Coaches:
Thanks for the e-mails.
We have been in contact with a few of your prospects and will be pursuing them further.
Grand Valley Football
1 Campus Dr.
Allendale, MI 49401
(616) XXX - XXXX
*The Kicking Coach Alumni Marco Laderosa and Chris Picano received scholarships to Grand Valley State University in 2010.
Thanks for the e-mail and video. Looks like he hits the ball pretty well.
Nolan R. Jones
Director of Football Operations
Nicolet Football Center
1501 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60208
(847) 491-XXXX Office
(847) 491-XXXX Fax
*The Kicking Coach Alum Hunter Niswander, Class of 2013 K/P, accepted a scholarship to Northwestern in June 2012.
I was wondering if I could give you a call sometime and we could discuss potential kickers and punters. We will be taking a scholarship punter and kicker this year. What is the best number to reach you at?
Special Teams Coordinator / TE Coach
Eastern Michigan University
*The Kicking Coach Alum Dylan Mulder, class of 2012 K, commits to Eastern Michigan University and earns the starting job just 4 games into the season as a true freshman.
Coach Filipovic on BIG 10 Campuses: