TKIA Invite Event

July 2021

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

  • Top Kicker in America showcases are invitation events for college prospect kickers and punters.

  • Only kickers and punters who show potential to kick in college attend these events. Over 90% of athletes who attend go on to kick in college.

  • Relatively small number of athletes allows us to thoroughly evaluate each athlete, while allowing him to showcase his best performance, and to capture it in a professional quality video. Enrollment is capped at 50 competitive college prospects.

  • Athletes get filmed and charted twice. Here are two samples of outstanding athletes performing at this event – Hunter Niswander who committed to Northwestern (eventually becoming an NFL punter for Dallas Cowboys) and Austin Seibert who committed to Oklahoma (eventually becoming an NFL kicker for Cleveland Browns). They both received full scholarships and were 4-year starters on their college teams. Click HERE for Hunter’s video and HERE for Austin’s video.

  • Statistics and video from this event are sent to colleges. Individual referrals and references to specific schools are available by request of athletes or universities.

  • Athletes who stood out at one of The Kicking Coach camps or another reputable showcase and received a personal invitation from coach Filipovic. Or,
  • Athletes who accomplished ONE of the two admission requirements listed below in the 2019 football season.

Kicker Admission Standards – 2020 season:

1. Named to ALL STATE; 1st, 2nd, 3rd team or honorable mention.

2. Over 50% of kickoffs were touchbacks for the class of 2021. Over 35% of kickoffs were touchbacks for the class of 2022 and 2023.

Punter Admission Standards – 2020 season:

1. Named to ALL STATE; 1st, 2nd, 3rd team or honorable mention.

2. Averaged over 40 yards per punt for the class of 2021 athletes. Averaged over 38 yards per punt for the class of 2022 and 2023 athletes.

 

Would you like to attend?

Great ! But before you register, take a look at the statistics from the July 2020 Top Kicker In America to make sure that you will be competitive at the event.

Sample skills videos from the July 2020 Event:

Garrison Smith

Arlind Bengu

Yanni Volas

Rece Verhoff

Brady Braun

austin seibert browns kicker

Austin Seibert, #1 high school kicker in the nation (2015), Top Kicker In America Alum (July 2014). Drafted by Browns in 2019. “I first started working with Filip (The Kicking Coach) when I was 14 years old. Filip was the first coach I received instruction from and he has helped me since the beginning. His ability to engage and apply his coaching is what sets him apart. Along with this, Filip is honest and doesn’t sugar coat anything. He stands by work ethic and doing things the right way. He has helped me get to where I am today and the journey has been incredible!”

 

TKIA Event Featured Alumni

 

Austin Seibert – Oklahoma, NFL – EVENT VIDEO

Tucker McCann – Missouri, NFL  – EVENT VIDEO

Jack Olsen – Michigan State University

Stephen Rusnak – South Dakota EVENT VIDEO

Logan Seibert – Akron

Adam Culp – Michigan – EVENT VIDEO

Matt Trickett – Kent State University

Shelby Pruett – Colgate University – EVENT VIDEO

Riley Moore – Western Michigan

Evan Finnegan – Buffalo – EVENT VIDEO

Kai Kroeger – South Carolina – EVENT VIDEO

Hunter Niswander – Northwestern, NFL – EVENT VIDEO

Evan Morris – Michigan State – EVENT VIDEO

Pierson Cooke – Vanderbilt – EVENT VIDEO

Cole Riebe – Toledo

Mick Ellis – Iowa Hawkeyes

James Hayden – Northwest Missouri State – EVENT VIDEO

Damian Chowaniec – Minnesota State

Josh Brebant – Northern Illinois – EVENT VIDEO

Parker Blust – Northwood – EVENT VIDEO

Daniel Riser – Northern Michigan – EVENT VIDEO

Jack Shannon – Hillsdale – EVENT VIDEO

Nicolai Gualdoni – Southern Illinois – EVENT VIDEO

Jack McKenna – Michigan State

Jacob Borcilla – Kansas – EVENT VIDEO

Chase Dinan – Ashland University – EVENT VIDEO

Michael Farkas – Ohio University – EVENT VIDEO

Jed Quackenbush – Ohio Dominican – EVENT VIDEO

Zach Potter – Army – EVENT VIDEO

Austin Errthum – Northern Iowa – EVENT VIDEO

Filip Filipovic and Assistant Coaches with NFL or big time college experience. 

2020 July Event Assistant Coaches:

  • Greg Zuerlein, Dallas Cowboys Kicker, Pro-Bowl Selection
  • Austin Seibert, Cleveland Browns Kicker, All Rookie Selection in 2019
  • Ryan Donahue, former Detroit Lions Punter, 2-time Ray Guy award finalist
  • Evan Finegan, Buffalo University Punter, set all time school’s punt average as a freshman
  • Brad Robbins, University of Michigan Punter

2021 January Event Assistant Coaches:

  • With uncertainty of college and NFL seasons due to COVID-19, we will have to wait to confirm our staff roster.

July 2021 Event – Lake Forest College Football Stadium. Located on Lake Michigan, about 25 miles north of Chicago, Lake Forest College Campus is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. Football stadium is surrounded by endless woods and multi-million dollar mansions owned by the likes of Michael Jordan, Vince Vaughn, etc. This was also the training camp facility of the Chicago Bears for many years – including the 1985 team with coach Ditka, Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, etc. In addition to aesthetic value and history, trees around the stadium block most of the wind – making this an outstanding location to have a career day at a kicking event.

FIELD GOALS

  • Athletes will attempt 12 field goals. Distances are from 35, 40, 45, and 50 from left hash mark and right hash mark. Also 45, 47, 50, and 52-yard field goals from the middle. Athletes who make at least 8 out of 12 will earn bonus kicks from 55, 58 and 61 yards out.
  • Class of 2022 kickers have to kick field goals off the ground. Class of 2023 kickers are welcome to use a 1 inch or 1/2 inch block if needed.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Almost every athlete at this event makes it to the bonus round on field goals.

KICKOFFS

  • Kickers will attempt 6 kickoffs from the 35 yard line. We will calculate the average of top 4 kicks.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Almost every athlete averages over 60 yards.

PUNTING

  • Punters will kick 16 punts – 8 in each direction. They will receive an underhand toss from a coach standing 8 yards in front of them. We will average out top 12 punts (6 from each direction).
  • We will not measure handling time (catch to kick). But it is recommended that punters move at 1.4 to 1.6 second speed.
  • Athletes will repeat the charting session on Sunday.

*Almost every athlete averages over 40 yards.

JULY 2021 – ILLINOIS

 

Saturday:   10 AM –  5PM

10 AM Orientation

10:30 Charting Session 1

4 PM Optional Skill-Tuning Session

 

Sunday11 AM –  5PM

11 AM Recruiting Meeting – Review of Day 1. Recruiting plan of action and timeline.

12 PM Charting Session 2

4 PM Optional Skill-Tuning Session

 

 

Cost: $350

Included in cost:

  1. Charting, coaching, college referrals.
  2. Event video; 1 to 2 minute highlight video consisting of best kicks from the event and short professional reference by coach Filipovic.
  3. Top Kicker in America Under Armour T-shirt.