Ratings are based on:
a. Showcase performance
b. Leg Strength
c. Whether the athlete used a FG block or not
d. Evaluation of the staff
Top Class of 2017 and 2018 Prospects
*evaluations based on performances at camps leading up to 2016 season. Class of 2017 athletes were going into senior season; class of 2018 athletes going into junior season.
Brad Robbins - 2017 P from Ohio
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
No brainer Division 1 scholarship punter. Tall and fast. Excellent mechanics and consistency. Has leg strength to hit 5.3 second hang times. Brad has charted multiple consecutive punts of over 5 seconds. He will likely compete for starting job immediately. Kicks off well. Mechanics need work. But he can already reach 70+ yards with good hang times.
Joseph Metcalf - 2017 K from Ohio
Very strong legged kicker. Field goal range is 60+ off the ground with excellent height. Kickoffs are already in mid 70's range - even with rough steps. Mature athlete with tons of potential.
Peter McIntyre - 2017 K from Ohio
Powerful combo athlete who is a standout linebacker as well. Crushes kickoffs 70+ yards with 4.0+ second hang times. Even with incosistent foot to ball contact, field goal range is 60+ yards off the ground. Already committed to Northwestern University on a full scholarship.
Evan Finegan - 2017 K/P from Michigan
Motivated combo athlete who shows a lot of potential as a punter. Has excellent hands, smooth drop and straight swing. He showed impressive consistency during a very windy 2015 Michigan Preseason Kicking Camp. Evan continued to improve and showed excellent power and consistency at all 2016 camps - averaging distances in mid to upper 40s with hang times that approached or exceeded 5.0 seconds.
VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRzrKfwFy1U
Luke Morrell - 2018 K from Michigan (evaluated in Dec. 2016)
At the Michigan Winter Indoor Event in December 2016, Luke averaged 65 yards per kickoff with solid hang times and went 10/13 on field goals with a long of 57 yards off the ground. Luke is a mature, poised and athletic kicker who still has a lot of room to improve. He made huge strides since the last camp that we saw him in August 2016
Ben VonGunten - 2018 K/P from Indiana (evaluated in Dec. 2016)
Ben has been attending our camps since he was an 8th grader. We used his 8th grade field goal video as an example of what perfect form looks like. Since then he has gotten a lot more powerful. Ben averaged 64 yards per kickoff with hang times of around 4 seconds. He shows great punting mechanics. He can do all three skills at the next level.
Wyatt Mast - 2017 K from Michigan
Experienced kicker with powerful leg. He has been attending camps and performing well for years. Kickoffs are generally near 70 yards with great hang times. Field goal range is 55 to 60 yards with good height and rotation
Andre Szmyt - 2017 K from Illinois
Andre started kicking a football just few months prior to his senior season. But even with very little experience, he was able to show that he has the power and skill set to kick at the highest level of college. He averaged mid 60s on kickoffs with good hang time and was able to make field goals from 55 yards out off the ground with solid consistency.
HUDL VIDEO - http://www.hudl.com/video/3/7690298/57f30702f617082d9820e44b
Terrhyn Jacoby - 2018 K from Iowa
Multi-sport athlete who is a very focused kicker. At the Top Kicker in America Event, Terrhyn was kicking off the ground with football cleats (not soccer cleats), and he made most of the kicks, finishing near the top of the field in field goals and kickoffs. We have known Terrhyn since the middle school. He always performs well - kicking, punting, or catching touchdowns.
Jack Shannon - 2017 K/P from Indiana
Jack has excellent hands and a straight swing. Going into his junior season, he averaged over 46 yards per punt at our invitational event. He also averaged 63 yards on kickoffs and showed 50+ yard range on field goals off the ground.
Video from summer 2015- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh-nZavjp2o
Daniel Riser - 2018 Kicker/Punter from Michigan
Experience and mature young kicker who performs consistently every time that we see him. In the summer before his senior season, he showed field goal range of 60 yards off a 1-inch block with excellent form. Kickoffs are usually in mid 60s with hang times in 3.5 to 3.8 second range.
Griffin Rinner - 2017 P from Ohio
Powerful athlete who has been cushing punts since his freshman year. Every year Griffin is a bit more polished and a bit more powerful. At the Top Kicker in America event, before his junior season, Griffin averaged over 47 yards per punt with many hang times in 4.5 - 4.9 second range. As he matures and becomes more polished, colleges will be all over him.
Drew Kubani - Class of 2017 K/P from Michigan
Athletic kicker/punter who showed a flawless kickoff form - averaging almost 70 yards per kick with hang times of over 4.0 seconds.
VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZOyLVEMvq8
Hunter Reed - 2017 K/P from Illinois
Hunter has been attending our camps since he was a 10-year old soccer player. Going into his junior season, he is a very polished kicker - hitting field goals from 50+ yards off the ground and averaging mid to upper 60s on kickoffs with solid hang times. As he matures and packs on more muscle, we expect to see him add 5+ yards on both field goals and kickoffs.
Jed Quackenbush - 2017 K from Ohio
Tall kicker with smooth and very efficient mechanics. Field goals are high and straight. Jed has 50 yard field goal range off the ground. His kickoffs are in mid to upper 60s. As he gets stronger, his range will increase and kickoff hang times will be higher.
Patrick Kramer - 2017 Kicker from Illinois
Kicker with quick leg who has 60 yard field goal range off the ground. Kickoffs are usually in mid 60s with occasional 70 yarder. Plays for state champion Loyola Academy in Wilmette, IL where he has made numerous high pressure kicks.
Adam Jayko - 2018 K/P from Illinois
Strong and athletic kicker punter with lively leg. Ball jumps off his foot. Excellent height on field goals and kickoffs. We expect to see big improvement between his junior and senior seasons.
VIDEO (July 2016)
Adam Culp - Class of 2018 K/P from Michigan (evaluated in Dec. 2016)
6'4" combo athlete with tons of potential at all 3 skills. Veteran of the kicking camps, Adam shows excellent fundamentals and consistent performance at every event. Kickoffs are in low to mid 60s. Field goal range is 50+ off the ground. Adam's punting is consistent for high school level. As he adds muscle to his very lenghty frame, his power will continue to increase. Adam is nowhere near his full potential as a kicker or a punter.
Mason Laramie - 2017 K from Illinois (evaluated in July 2016)
Powerful and very motivated kicker who showed leg strength to hit field goals from 60+ off the ground. Kickoffs are usually in upper 60s to low 70's. As Mason polishes his skills more, consistency will improve.
Chase Dinan - Class of 2018 K from Ohio
Chase shows quick leg and excellent consistency. Kickoffs are close to 70 yards with 3.5 to 3.8 second hang times. He showed 60-yard range on field goals off a 1-inch tee prior to his junior season.
DJ Wellons - 2017 K from Ohio
Explosive kicker who keeps improving rapidly. He does a great job getting through kickoffs - averaging mid to upper 60s. He hits the ball well of the ground on field goals - getting good rotation and height on ball flight with the range in mid 50s.
Ben Tubaro - Class of 2017 K from Michigan
Ben has solid posture and generates excellent height on field goals and kickoffs. Field foals have clean ball rotation wiht range of 55+ yards off the ground.
VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM3kOCbM1C0
Ricky Castrigano - 2017 K/P from Ohio
Mature and motivated kicker/punter who continues to improve at a rapid pace. Currently (prior to his junior year), Ricky hits field goals off the ground from 50 yards out, kickoffs in mid 60's with solid hang time, and averages 40+ yards on punts with hang times of above 4 seconds.
Matt Trickett - Class of 2018 K from Ohio
Experienced and mature young kicker who has performed consistently at every event that he attended. He already has 50 yard FG range off the ground (summer before junior season) with room to improve as he gets stronger. Kickoffs are usually in mid 60s.
Ryan Chalifoux - 2017 K from Illinois
Tall kicker who performed very well at the Top Kicker in America event. He showed great consistency, going 12/13 on FGs with long 52 off a 1/2 inch block. He also averaged 68.50 yards on kickoffs.
Ryan Poland - Class of 2017 K from Ohio
Ryan has very smooth approach and clean contact on field goals. If he misses, it is barely off. Height and ball rotation on his kicks is outstanding.
VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znwpUwVIsus
Rade Latinovic - 2018 P/K from Wisconsin
Powerful punter/kicker who shows potential in all three skills. Punting has been the best of three skills so far. As early as summer before his junior season, Rade was hitting 4.7 second hang times on punts. Kickoffs are usually in low to mid 60s.
Jermaine Roemer - Class of 2018 P/K from Michigan
All around solid combo athlete. Shows more potential as a punter, occasionally hitting punts with 4.6+ second hang times. Overall, good hands and punting mechanics - better than 95% of high school punters. Kickoffs are usually in low to mid 60s and field goal range is around 50 yards off the ground.
Parker Blust - Class of 2018 K/P from Michigan
Tall kicker with very good power. There is an inconsistency in ball flight of Parker's kicks. But the good field goals have excellent height and travel 55+ yards. Like most young, tall kickers, he will improve consistency and his power as he grows into his body.
VIDEO from summer 2016 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OogKGEGAW4
Eric Zeboor - Class of 2018 K/P from Michigan (evaluated in Dec. 2016)
Solid mechanics in all three skills. Tall combo athlete who comes from a high school that spits out a college kicker every year. Eric averaged 63 yards per kickoff with solid hang times and went 8/10 on FGs, with long of 52. He is still tall and lenghty, not fully developed into his frame. As he becomes stronger, he will easily add 5-10 yards on his kicks.
Graham Hungerford - 2017 K/P from Michigan
Gets excellent height of field goals off the ground with 50 yard range. Graham is a motivated athlete who keep improving rapidly every time that we see him.
VIDEO - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4vjqpDipNY
David Orlando - 2018 K from Ohio
Consistent and fundamentally solid young kicker who has 50+ yard FG range off a 1-inch block. Most kickoffs are touchbacks. Outstanding athlete who plays on offense and defense as well, playing pretty much every single down.
HUDL link - http://www.hudl.com/profile/5349448/david-orlando
Dylan Correia - 2018 K from Ohio
Performed exceptionally well at the Ohio Winter Event in December 2015. Only a month after his sophomore season, Dylan showed 50-yard range on field goals off the ground and averaged almost 60 yards per kickoff.
Mark Zelisko - 2017 K/P from Illinois
Tall and lenghty combo athlete who shows solid leg strength at all three skills. We have seen him hit 60+ yard punts with 4.6+ second hang times. Mark has 55 yard FG range of a 1-inch tee and kickoffs are usually in mid 60 yard range.
Gabe Pickett - 2018 K/P from Michigan
Fundamentally solid athlete at all three skills. Always performs consistently. Field goal range is around 50 yards off the ground, kickoffs are near 60 yards and punts are in upper 30s with hang times in low 4 second range. As Gabe matures and gets stronger, his top numbers will improve.
Jack Hinton - 2018 K from Illinois
Mechanics can use some work. But Jack shows potential, unleashing few kickoffs in upper 60s with hang times of up to 3.8 seconds.
Leonard Lauko - 2017 K from Iowa
Averaged mid 60s on kickoffs in early April and shows range to hit field goals from 50+ yards.
*Archives: Top Class of 2016 Specialists
Tucker McCann - KP - O'Fallon HS, IL
University of Missouri
One of the top class of 2016 combos in the country. Perfect from on field goals and kickoffs. Kicked 53 and 60 yard field goals in games as a junior. Has 70+ yard kickoff range and ability to hit field goals from 60+ yards with ease.
Video - http://thekickingcoach.com/tucker_mccann
Anthony Sawyer - P - Wheaton North HS, IL
Athletic and explosive punter with a natural swing. Good hands and consistent drop. Best hang times are in 4.8 to 5.0 second range. He will be an immediate contender to start at a division 1 level school.
Jackson Dieterle - K/P - Jenison HS, MI
Ferris State University
Tall and athletic left-footed soccer player who shows tons of potential in addition to the solid numbers that he is already putting up. Kickoffs usually go out of the endzone. Field goals are smooth and in 55+ range off the ground. Punts are consistently down the field - in spite of the across the body swing. He averaged 74.75 yards on 4 kickoffs and 44.92 yards per punt on 12 punts at the Top Kicker In America event in July 2015.
Owen Courtright - K/P - Dearborn HS, MI
Tiffin University (Punter)
Very fast leg snap. Crushes kickoffs 70+ yards and has 55+ yard range on field goals. Owen has hit 5.0+ second hang time punts. Lots of potential to be great at all 3 skills.
Video - http://thekickingcoach.com/owen_courtright
Nicolai Gualdoni - K/P - Johnston City HS, IL
Southern Illinois University
Big and powerful kicker/punter. Very strong on kickoffs, averaging upper 60s. Punt drop needs to improve. But can crush it when he gets hold of it. At the Top Kicker in America event, Nicolai averaged impressive 70 yards on 4 kickoffs and 50.41 yards on 12 punts.
Vince Gargaro - K/P - Avon HS, OH
Strong athlete and a kicker. Vince has been a stand out at camps since his freshman year. At the Top Kicker in America, he hit a 57 yard FG off the ground and averaged almost 69 yards per kickoff. Also played other positions for his high school. He will improve a lot as he focuses more on kicking in college.
Jacob Matus - K/P - Flushing HS, MI
Tiffin University (Kicker)
Strong multi-sport athlete who will continue to improve as a kicker and a punter as he specializes more and spends more time kicking. Jacob has leg strength to easily hit 70+ yard kickoffs and 55+ yard field goals. Punting hang time needs to improve. But the potential is there. He averaged 45.83 yards on 12 punts at the Top Kicker in America Event. Video - http://thekickingcoach.com/jacob_matus/
Brady Jansen - K - Johnston HS, IA
Explosive kicker who pounds kickoffs 70+ yards consistently. Fields goals can use some work on consistency. But Brady hits them far and high off the ground with a very nice end over end rotation. Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw1CWG7QF5s
Zeke Kaufman - K - Highland HS, IL
Rose Hulman University
Experienced kicker who makes nice clean contact on field goals. Shows 60-yard FG range off the ground. Averages mid to upper 60s on kickoffs. Gets excellent height on his field goals. Zeke continues to improve at a fast rate. At the Northwestern University camp, that was attended by 130+ kickers, he made it into finals. Very strong academics.
Tyler Maveus - K - Sycamore HS, IL
Tall kicker who makes excellent contact and gets great height on field goals off the ground. Multi-sport athlete who started to focus on kicking recently. Improvement came relatively quickly. He went 13/15 on field goals off the ground with a long of 57 at the Top Kicker In America event.
Joe Fazio - K - Plainwell HS, MI
Very very consistent kicker. During the Top Kicker In America event, Joe was near perfect on field goals on both days, going all the way back to 57 yards off the ground. Kickoffs can use some improvement on hang times. But leg snap, maturity and focus are definitely in place. Very solid college prospect. Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0cA3smG3C0
Garret Rigby - K/P - Stow-Munroe HS, OH
University of Cincinnati
Fundamentally solid specialist at all three skills. Garret shows excellent focus and motivation. He will continue to improve as he gets stronger.
Video - http://thekickingcoach.com/garret_rigby
Kaden Keon - K - St. Louis HS, MI
Central Michigan University
Very quick leg. Kickoffs are very solid - reaching 70 yards occasionally. Smooth field goals. 3.92 GPA. Junior year highlights - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EDroU1H_Xo
Tyler Burch - K - Hill McCloy High School, MI
Ferris State University
Smooth and experienced kicker with long history of soccer and kicking camps. Makes perfect contact on field goals off the ground and gets excellent height and rotation. Field goal range is 50+. Kickoffs are very consistent and in mid to upper 60's. While he is not a big kicker, he puts everything behind the ball in an efficient manner.
Brendan Baker - K - Grand Ledge HS, MI
Northern Michigan University
Very consistent kicker. Gets excellent height and clean ball rotation on both field goals and kickoffs. 55 yard field goal range off the ground with kickoffs averaging in mid 60s with hang times in 3.6 second range. Brendan placed several kickoffs within a yard of each other with similar hang times- which shows consistency and ability to kickoff directionally.
Josef Philipp - K - Hillsdale HS, MI
Josef has been playing soccer and kicking for many years. He has been attending kicking camps since middle school. In addition to solid mechanics, Josef has an excellent feel for the ball - being able to play the wind or place kickoffs anywhere. Field goals are in 55-yard range off the ground. Kickoffs are in low to mid 60s with room to improve.
Taylor Harden - Kicker - IA
Southwest Minnesota State
Tall lefty kicker with strong leg snap. Great attitude toward training and improvement. Keeps getting better fast. Hits kickoffs in 70 yard range, field goals around 55 yards off the ground.
Rueben Luna - P/K - Lucas HS, OH
University of Toledo
Tall and athletic combo athlete. Also plays qurterback. Better punter than kicker. Rueben has hit numerous hang times in 4.7+ second range. Needs to improve overall feel to the ball and learn to drive it more. Leg swing is straight and smooth. Hit kickoffs 60+ yards consistently and can hit field goals from mid 50s. Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaTv8dLvc6g
Christian Fisher - K - North Point HS, MD
Former soccer player who started focusing on kicking only about a year ago. Christian made quick gains and does a great job hitting a high and straight ball. Field goal range is around 55 yards with a 1-inch block. Kickoffs are in mid 60s.
Nick Candre - K - St. Charles East HS, IL
Strong kicker with good leg snap and calm demeanor. Already hitting 50+ yard field goals off the ground (before junior season). As Nick continues to improve his form, he will increase his range and consistency.
Video - http://thekickingcoach.com/nick_candre
*Archives: Top Class of 2015 Specialists
Austin Seibert - 2015 - KP - Belleville West HS, IL.
Committed to Univ. of Oklahoma
Top combo in the country. Crushes 80 yard kickoffs and 5+ second hang time punts regularly. 60+ yard FG range off the ground.
Spencer Scott - 2015 - P - Brother Rice HS, IL.
Committed to Harvard
Crushed the ball at Northwestern Showcase. Averaged over 50 yards per punt with 4.5+ second hang times. Tall and athletic. Exceptional academics. Received tons of interest by IVY league schools.
Jack Fox - 2015 - P/K - La Due HS, MO
Committed to Rice University
Extremely explosive punter/kickoff guy. Tall and athletic. Huge potential for college and beyond. Stood out against other scholarship-level punters at University of Illinois camp.
Quinton Conaway - 2015 - K - Edmond North HS, OK
Committed to Oregon
Gets ridiculous height on field goals with perfect rotation. At the finals of the Northwestern Univ. specialist camp, he averaged 72 yards per kickoff with 4.05 average hang time. Recorded a 79 yard kickoff at the event.
Zach Potter - 2015 - K/P - Terre Haute North Vigo HS, IN
Committed to Army
Explosive athlete who is solid in all 3 skills. Gets excellent contact on FGs off the ground. One of the best combos in the country. Received a D1 offer.
Zach DeWitt - 2015 - K - Jacksonville HS, IL
Committed to Northwest Missouri State University
Solid kicker who hits a very straight and high ball off the ground on field goals. At the Top Kicker Event, Zach went 4/4 on field goals from 52,55,57 and 60 (ground).
Gavin Patterson - 2015 - K - Bradley Bourbonnais Comm HS, IL
Committed to South Alabama
Consistent kicker with clean contact and good pop. Went 3/4 field goals in the finals of NW schowcase. Averaged 73.7 yards per kickoff in the finals.
Jake Herbers - 2015 - P/K - Battle Creek Lakeview HS, MI
Committed to Minnesota
Tall and powerful left footed punter (6'3" 205). Solid mechanics with a consistent drop. Tons of potential to dominate in college.
Josh Williams - 2015 - K - Rowlett HS, TX
Committed to SMU
Solid mechanics with good leg strength. Hit a very straight and clean ball off the ground. Athletic built and great focus. Very consistent.
Mike Caggiano - 2015 - K/P - Manalapan HS, NJ
Committed to UMASS
Athletic kicker. Very consistent and fundamentally solid on kickoffs, averaging 73.7 yards at Northwestern Showcase. Hits a clean FG ball off the ground.
Zachary Mirabelli - 2015 - K - Mount Carmel HS, IL
Excellent contact off the ground. Has range to hit from 60 yards out. Mechanics could use some improvement. But when Zach grows into his 6'4" frame, he will be unbeatable.
Ryan Basden - 2015 - P/K - Morton HS, IL
Committed to Illinois State
Powerful and fundamentally solid punter. Recorded the highest hang time at University of Illinois camp. Averages in upper 60s on kickoffs. Solid combo athlete.
Blaze Watson - 2015 - K - Coldwater HS, MI
Committed to Western Michigan University
Tall athletic kicker with lot of power. Crushes kickoffs and gets great height on field goals. Also a sprinter on the track team. Tons of potential to be great in college.
David Riser - 2015 - K/P - Forest Hills Central HS, MI
Committed to Northwood
Tall kicker/punter with smooth swing and solid mechanics. Very consistent on field goals. Shows good and quick hands on punts.
Tucker Marty - 2015 - K - Wyoming HS, OH
Very explosive kickoff athlete. Easily hits 70+ yard kickoffs. Needs to improve foot position in order to hit a better field goal ball off the ground. But the power is there to hit from 55+ when he makes the necessary changes.
Robert Smith - K - Eisenhower HS, MI
Motivated kicker who hits a clean-rotating field goal ball off the ground. Most of his kickoffs are in 60-65 yard range.