From the college exposure and recruiting standpoint, there is no need to evaluate or rank anyone who is a high school sophomore or younger. Kickers and punters are not done growing. They are not done getting physically stronger. They are not done developing their skills. And to be honest, a college coach, who does not know where he will be next year, does not care about how good any sophomore or freshman kicker is.
But, at our kicking camps, we come across young kickers and punters who perform exceptionally well compared to their peers. We want to share their performances and acknowledge their successes.
Nate Van Zelst (’21) Kicker/Punter from Illinois. Impressive kicker who went 15/17 on FGs with long of 52 as a freshman at the Chicago Kicking Camp in May 2018. He consistently puts kickoffs in the end zone. Ended sophomore year kicking for Loyola Academy varsity with 40/40 PATs, 14/17 on FGs, and 39 yard per punt avg…and a state championship.
Logan Seibert (’21) Kicker/Punter from Illinois. Started varsity as a freshman and sophomore. At our Illinois Winter Kicking Camp in February 2018, averaged 61.50 yards per kickoff. Shows 55-yard FG range already. One of the top kickers in the country in his class. Attended our Illinois camp as a 12-year old.
Chase Paulus (’21) Kicker/Punter from Michigan. As a sophomore, starting for varsity, kicked field goals of 50, 47, and 46 yards! Chase’s HUDL page. Crushes punts and kickoffs, too.
Ivan Shuran (’21) Kicker from Ohio. Attended our first camp as a 9-year old! Started for varsity as a freshman and sophomore. Currently 6 for 9 on FGs, with long of 45 yards (last second to force overtime). 100% on extra points.
Garrison Smith (’21) Kicker/Punter from Ohio. Has been attending our camps since the 7th grade. Started for varsity as a freshman and sophomore. Kicked 10 field goals in games with the long of 40 yards. At the Ohio Kicking Camp in December 2018, went 12/13 on FGs with long of 52 and averaged 56 yards per kickoff.
Emanuel Dieppa (’22) Kicker from Michigan. E-man was on at the Michigan Preseason Kicking Camp in August 2019 – 12/15 on FGs with long of 49 off a 1-inch block. He also averaged 56.25 yards on kickoffs. Tall and very smooth kicker. Look like a veteran kicker.
Connor Cox (’22) Kicker/Punter from Illinois. At the Indiana Kicking Camp in June 2019, Connor was right down the middle on FGs, going 12/14 with long of 47, while kicking off the ground.
Ashton Lyon (’22) Kicker from Iowa. Smooth and athletic lefty kicker who put field goals down the middle of the goal post with ease – going 11/12 on field goals with long of 45, while averaging 55.75 yards per kickoff.
Michael Franklin (’22) Kicker from Ohio. In June 2019, Michael went 10/12 with long of 45, while averaging 54 yards per kickoff.
Nicholas West (’22) Kicker from Ohio – went 9/12 on FGs, with long of 45 and averaged 56 yards per kickoff at the Ohio Winter Event in December 2018. Tall athlete with smooth mechanics who has lots of room to develop.
Bennett Emerson (’22) Kicker from Iowa – showed impressive consistency at the Iowa camp in March 2019 – hitting a long field goal of 47 during a 10/13 performance and averaged 56 yards per kickoff.
Nathan Barnes (’21) Kicker from Iowa – powerful kicker who averaged 60 yards per kickoff in March of his sophomore year. Makes excellent contact with the ball getting great height on his kicks.
Brady Braun (’22) Kicker/Punter from Indiana – hit a 50 yard field goal off a 1-inch block in practice prior to starting high school. He won the varsity starting job as a freshman. Currently shows ability to connect FGs from 55 and hits highest punt hang times over 4.5 seconds.
Clay Medvec (’21) Kicker/Punter from Ohio – went 11/13 with long of 47, while averaging 53.50 yards on kickoffs and 40.1 yards per punt at the Ohio Kicking Camp in June 2018.
Lukas Heden (’22) Kicker/Punter from Kentucky – went 13/14 on FGs with long of 45, and averaged 53.25 yards on kickoffs at the Michigan Kicking Camp in August 2018. Lukas has been attending our camps since he was a 5th grader, improving from not being able to get the ball off the ground to being one of the best kickers in his class.
Eddie Jewett (’22) Kicker from Michigan – went 10/14 with long of 47 yards at the Michigan Winter Kicking Camp in December 2018. His current FG range is 55 yards. One of the most improved campers. Three years earlier Eddie went 0 for 10 on FGs and averaged 14 yards per kickoff at the same event.
Mark Ruffing (’21) Punter from Ohio – averaged 40.3 yards per punt at the Ohio Kicking Camp in June 2018.
Tyler Perkins (’22) Kicker/Punter from Ohio – won the starting punter job for the varsity as a freshman. At the Ohio Kicking Camp, went 12/15 on FGs, long 42, while averaging 35.6 yards per punt. Tyler won the accuracy/power punt competition at the Ohio winter camp in December 2018 – beating out all punters (classes ’22 through ”19).
Arlind Bengu (’21) Kicker/Punter from Ohio – went 9/12 on FGs with long of 45, and averaged 53.75 yards per kickoff at the Ohio Kicking Camp in June 2018.
Kyle Dillon (’21) Kicker from Iowa – went 10/10 on FGs, long 40, while averaging 59 yards per kickoff at the Iowa Kicking Camp in March 2018.
Nick Maddy (’21) Kicker from Ohio. – averaged 56 yards per kickoff and went 7/10 on FGs with long of 40 at the Ohio Kicking Camp in March 2018.
Ben Laskowski (’21)Kicker from Michigan – averaged 52.00 yards per kickoff at the Michigan Spring Camp in May 2018.
Cole Rhoden (’22) Kicker from Illinois – went 10/10 on FGs with long of 35, and averaged 50 yards per kickoff at the Illinois Kicking Camp in February 2018.
Emilio Duran (’23) Kicker/Punter from Michigan – impressed staff and campers with leg strength and consistency as an 8th grader. Nearly perfect on field goals with 50 yard range. Kickoffs in mid 50s and punts in mid 30s.