Hot Prospect FAQs

Hot Prospect List

Why did we create the Kicking World Hot Prospect List?

For Students: To help specialists get recognized and validated for their abilities and to streamline the college recruitment process.
For Colleges: To provide a reliable source for college football teams to discover legitimate specialists for their program.

How are students chosen for the Kicking World Hot Prospect List?

The minimum criteria is that Hot Prospects must have attended at least (1) Kicking World camp and/or at least (2) Private Lessons in one year to even be considered. No one makes the list unless we see them in person and can personally vouch for their kicking, punting or snapping abilities. Prospects are nominated collectively by the Kicking World staff and Coach Brent makes the final decision on who makes the list. While we see close to 1,000 students a year, we only list the best of the best (typically our top 5-10% of specialists).

What are LEVELS?

We assign a specific level to each prospect that correlates to what level of a college football team we feel their skills most accurately align with. Levels are expressed by NCAA College Football divisions of D1, D2 and D3. We only list D1 and D2 level specialists on our Hot Prospect List.

Why don’t you RANK Prospects?

Many camp providers do rankings and we find it extremely difficult, if not impossible to say who would be a #1 kicker vs. #2, etc. Rankings of students are incomplete because they are based on only the students that particular camp provider has seen. So how does one company accurately say one kicker is “the #1 kicker in the country”?

We’ve also discovered that the integrity of some of the ranking lists are not just based on ability & performance, but in many situations favoritism comes into play in form of how often you train with that provider, etc. which influences your ranking negatively or positively.

There are so many students across the world and no one coach sees EVERYONE. So hearing that someone is ranked ___ in the country in our opinion does not hold much weight. We instead choose to provide an assessment of the prospect’s ability and assign them a level based on their performance. However, we do list our Hot Prospect List in an order of Class Year and Best to least best.

What are the factors considered in choosing the Kicking World Hot Prospect List?

We hand pick specialists for our list who demonstrate they have what it takes to play at the next level. Several factors we consider are as follows:

  • In-Game Statistics
  • Camp Performance
  • Winning a Camp Competition
  • Private Lesson Performance
  • Track Record of Performance
  • Consistency
  • Foot/Ball Contact
  • Ball Flight
  • Accuracy
  • Attitude
  • Having a Duplicable Process
  • Mental Toughness
  • How you handle Pressure

How is a prospect’s ‘LEVEL’ i.e. (D1, D2, D3) determined?

Your level is determined by your kicking, punting or snapping metrics in conjunction with factors discussed earlier. What we mean by ‘metrics’ are your accuracy/hang-time/distance for kickers & punters and your accuracy/times/build for snappers. A combination of your metrics from your games played, camp performances and private lesson training is used in calculating your level. We only list D1 and D2 level specialists on our Hot Prospect List.

Some prospects do not have a ‘LEVEL’ and ‘COLLEGE’ listed, why is that?

We assign a level to Junior and Senior year prospects, i.e. ‘Upper Classmen’ only. We feel that in 10th grade or less, a prospect’s true potential has not been reached yet and it would not be accurate to assess a level so early. However, we may sometimes assign a Level to standout sophomores who clearly exhibit D1 ability! If an underclassman makes our Hot Prospect List, it means we expect big things from that student and they should be on your radar. A College is listed when a student has committed to that school.

Can my assessed Level ever change?

Absolutely! Based on your performance at camps, lessons, in games as well your track record over the long haul, your level may go up or down. Your level has nothing to do with how much money you spend in training with us. Your level is assessed throughout the year based on performance. Prospects may be added or removed to the Hot Prospect List at any time.

Do Hot Prospects get any ‘Perks’?

Sure, why not! Besides the dramatically increased exposure you’ll get from being a Hot Prospect, all active Hot Prospects get automatic invitations to all Showcase events and also get 50% off the premium monthly training package with Coach Brent!

Summary

We put our heart and soul into what we do at Kicking World and do our very best at accurately assessing each prospect’s skills based on in-person performance at our camps and lessons. There will be times where a student severely under-performs or dramatically over-performs compared to their actual ability and we may not get an accurate reading of their true level, or overlook talented prospects because they had a bad day. You will be rated based on your performance.

The most accurate way to get assessed at your true level is to have a track record of performance over the long haul and show your consistency at multiple camps, private lessons and in-game statistics.

Making our list is a very prestigious honor that you should celebrate and share with everyone you know. If you make the Kicking World Hot Prospect List, we believe wholeheartedly that you have what it takes to play at the next level.

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View Past Prospects

Class Level Name Pos ST School Coach's Comments College
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2017 D1 Lucas Havrisik K/P CA Norco HS

Lucas is an exceptional athlete and very gifted in kicking and punting. He is co-owner of the Kicking World all-time camp record for longest field goal in competition (65 yards) set on March 7, 2015 and later tied by another HP on May...

Arizona
2017 D1 Jackson Hubbard K/P TX Highland Park HS

Jackson is a tall & athletic kicker/punter with a big leg. As a freshman, he dominated our kickoff competition in Dallas, TX (April 2014) with several touchbacks. He also won the ‘Golden Boot’ (best underclassman field goal kicker at camp). As a...

Duke
2017 D1 Liam Jones K/P OK Choctaw HS

Liam has one of the strongest kickoff legs out there and is one of the best kickers in the Class of 2017. He kicks field goals off the ground (no block). At our 2014 Showcase Event in San Diego, CA Liam finished #1...

Kansas
2017 D1 Hunter Everett K/P OK Newcastle HS

Hunter is an absolute STUD on many levels. Not only does he stand 6’5 tall, but he has a monster leg. He is one of our top 3 Class of 2017 kicker/punters and absolutely crushes the ball. He is co-owner...

Northeastern Oklahoma St
2017 D1 Sam McDonogh K KY St. Xavier HS

Sam has excellent field goal / kickoff kicking ability. He wowed me at our 2014 Cincinnati kicking camp and earned a place on our List. He followed up with a strong showing at our December 2014 Invite-Only Showcase Event in San...

Undecided
2017 D1 Alex Schrag K/P TX The Colony HS

Alex hits a real nice field goal and kickoff and can also punt well. He’s been in the top 3 of kickers at each of the camps he’s attended. At our 2016 December Showcase he had a terrific showing with deep, high...

Undecided
2017 D1 Justin Davidovicz K/P NJ Bridgewater Raritan HS

Justin is one of the best underclassman kickers in the country and a young man with a terrific attitude & work ethic. He earned the Varsity job this as a sophomore and hit multiple 40+ yard field goals & touchbacks...

Rutgers
2017 D1 Dario Longhetto K CA Newbury Park HS

Dario has a really big kickoff and field goal leg and was #1 overall on day 2 in field goal eliminations at our December 2016 Showcase and #2 overall on Day 1 kickoff charting. In season, he only missed 3...

Undecided
2017 D2 Bryce Wade K CA Central Catholic HS

Bryce is a solid all around kicker. He is consistent on his field goals from 50 and in and routinely hits kickoffs 60-62 yards deep with the ability to hit 67+ on perfect contact. He needs to improve his kickoff...

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
2017 D2 Patrick Sandler K IN Roncalli HS

Patrick has proven his reliability and poise under pressure in big games. He hit TWO game-winning field goals his senior year putting his team into the second round, and later the state finals of the Indiana HS playoffs. Pat’s field goal...

Undecided
2017 D1 Shane McDonough K/P FL Clearwater HS

Shane has the potential to be a very good collegiate Punter. He has hit some monster punts with big hang-times and needs to work on duplicating his good hits and minimizing his average hang punts. He’s a solid combo kicker/punter...

Marshall
2018 D1 Jacob Click K/P TX Lone Star HS

Jacob has a big leg and has showed consistency at multiple Kicking World camps. He has a good attitude, listens attentively and implements what his coaches want him to work on. He hit a 42-yarder in the State Finals vs...

Undecided
2018 D1 Michael Aresco K CT Middletown HS

Michael dominated our 2016 North Jersey kicking camp winning both the field goal & kickoff competition, besting 20+ other solid kickers. He had a game of a lifetime making 4/4 FGs (52, 42, 33, 25), 4/4 PATs, 8/8 Touchbacks and 1/1...

Undecided
2018 D1 Clayton Stewart K/P TX Flower Mound HS

Clayton is a terrific all-around specialist that can kick and punt, and has a big leg. He had an outstanding 2016 December Showcase performance winning both day’s punting events and finishing runner-up on field goals. He has a good attitude...

Undecided
2018 D1 Jonathan De Lucca K FL Boone HS

Jonathan has a big kickoff leg and had a very high touchback % in his season, and hits a consistent field goal with nice ‘pop’. He goes about his business quietly and delivers when the pressure is on. He had...

Undecided
2018 D1 Jakob Niemann Green K NJ Princeton HS

Jakob Green is one of the strongest underclassman kickers we’ve ever seen. As a sophomore he already possesses a D1 kickoff and FG leg. As a freshman at our March 2015 Orlando, FL and March 2015 Lyndhurst, NJ camp, he won...

Undecided
2018 Eric Fellenzer K/P CA Dana Hills HS

Eric is a testament to the power of hard work, following a process and believing in yourself. After a very humble start as a ‘newbie’ kicker/punter in the 8th grade, only 2 years later, Eric established himself as a legitimate collegiate level kicker...

Undecided
2018 D1 Stephen Personelli K MO Park Hill South HS

Stephen has a very reliable & accurate field goal leg with a nice straight, end-over end ball flight. He had a tremendous showing on field goals at our December 2016 Showcase. He needs to improve his kickoff distance & hang-time,...

Undecided
2019 D1 Drew Chilcoat K/P TX Fort Worth Country Day School

Drew had a standout performance at our 2016 December Showcase in San Diego, pretty much dominating punts. Drew hits a big ball on punts and has a big kickoff leg. He is one of the top Class of 2019 prospects...

Undecided
2019 Carson Mohr K TX The Woodlands College Park HS

Carson is a great student and player in that he really takes to heart what his coaches teach him, and goes out and works hard to put it into action. He has improved tremendously over his sophomore year and earned...

Undecided
2019 Gabriel Lozano K/P TX Westlake HS

I have been working with Gabriel for over 4 years through private lessons and have gotten to know him over the long haul. He’s always eager to better himself and has shown improved maturity and leg strength each year. Gabe battled...

Undecided
2019 Nick Andrade K CT Shelton HS

Nick is a lefty with a skill/strength level that has been a couple years ahead of his age since we started training him as an incoming middle school kicker. He’s come a long way in the last 3+ years and...

Undecided
2019 Landon Reeves K/P TX Idalou ISD

Landon had a very consistent 2016 Showcase weekend proving to be one of the better kickers in his class. He has a great attitude and has a strong leg for only being a sophomore. Consistent field goals and a kickoff...

Undecided
2019 Tyler Shearer K/P TX Royse City HS

Tyler is a committed young kicker who has been training with us since 2013 and is very coachable, likes to learn & improve and has been exhibiting a consistent field goal swing since and nice ball rotation since middle school....

Undecided
2019 Arunav Kohli K CA St. Ignatius College Preparatory

Arunav is a younger freshman underclassman, with a lot of potential. He is one of two who were added to the HPL as a frosh. He can get his kickoffs down around the end zone consistently and can hit field...

Undecided
2020 Jared Zirkel K/P TX Tivy HS

As of the Fall of 2016, Jared is only a freshman, and is kicking 55+ yard field goals and kickoffs in the end zone! He’s 6’1 and bigger and stronger than most upper classmen. The amazing thing is his motor...

Undecided