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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 over 1,000 students a year, we only list the best of the best (typically our top 3-5% of specialists). We also have a private ‘on the cusp’ list that is e-mailed to college coaches, which typically includes our top 6-9% of students who are on the verge of becoming Hot Prospects.

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.


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 #KickingWorld #HotProspectList, we believe wholeheartedly that you have what it takes to play at the next level.


View Past Prospects

Class Level Name Pos ST School Coach's Comments College
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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...

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...

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...

2018 D1 Matteo Cordray K/P TX Highland Park HS

Matteo has a huge field goal and kickoff leg, and can also punt. He has turned in a very consistent performance at each of our camps and private lessons and has the leg strength of a D1 placekicker already, as...

2018 D1 Jacob Zepeda K TX Rouse HS

Jacob is a very athletic soccer player who has turned into an outstanding kicker. He kicks field goals off the ground and is smooth and consistent from 55 yards and in. His trajectory and pop on the ball is one of the...

2018 D1 Juan Ocampo K/P TX Lockhart HS

Juan Ocampo’s class rank is #12 out of 365 students in his high school. He is very eager to take his kicking game to college and possesses a very strong leg on all 3 – field goals, kickoffs & punts. His...

2018 D1 Lucas Bautista K MD Winston Churchill HS

Lucas has shown consistency by winning the kickoff competition on 3 of 3 camps attended; as well as the field goal competition (Golden Boot) 2 out of 3 camps. He has a great attitude and is very tall (6’1) with...

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,...

2018 D2 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...

2018 D2 Joanly Martinez K TX McGregor HS

I’ve spent a few years working with Joanly through private lessons and our camps. He is a very independent, reliable young man who has always done everything I’ve asked of him. He spends extra hours making highlight videos, he’s come...

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 had a dynamite follow-up performance July 2017 in Dallas,...

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...

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...

2019 D1 Cole Sayre K TX Hyde Park Baptist

Cole has a cannon of a leg and hits kickoffs easily 67+ yards. His field goal pop is impressive and the ball takes up and off quickly. As he continues to mold his craft, we anticipate his field goals improving...

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 6’2 and bigger and stronger than most upper classmen. The amazing thing is his motor...