The 2017 Kicking World Invite-Only Showcase brought 60 of the country’s best prep kickers & punters from over 20 states and 3 countries to Austin, Texas on Saturday & Sunday, December 9-10, 2017. Kicking World’s top specialists were hand-picked by Coach Brent and the staff and out of the over 1,000 camp attendees from 2017, just under 80 were invited to this prestigious event. Showcase participants squared off for a weekend to showcase their talent and help legitimize their kicking and punting ability. Watch the 2017 Showcase LIVE Replay.
2017 Showcase Participants
With a Kicking World staff of coaches with 2 NFL Super Bowl wins, 2 College All-Americans and coaches with over 40 years combined kicking/punting experience, students were taught key components for success on and off the field, as well as a plethora of recruiting strategy and sports psychology tips to help them become more complete kickers and punters.
The 2017 Kicking World Showcase helped kicking recruits showcase their abilities to college football programs. Several college football coaches streamed the Event live on YouTube, as did thousands of other families, friends & Kicking World fans. Already 6 students received serious interest and a few offers from 14 different college football teams exclusively because of their performance at the Showcase.
Competition winners from the weekend
On Day 1 we charted each student on kickoffs, punts and field goals. The top charter per Class was recognized and awarded Kicking World apparel prizes at the end of the Showcase. The leaders of Day 1 charting were as follows:
#1 Overall Kickoff: Jared Zirkel (2020 – Tivy HS, TX) (67.2, 3.7 avg)
#2 Overall Kickoff: Mitchell Horton (2018 – Wall HS, TX)
#3 Overall Kickoff: Aidan Mulreed (2018 – Wall HS, TX)
#4 Overall Kickoff: Cayden Camper (2019 – Rye HS, CO)
#5 Overall Kickoff: Landon Reeves (2019 – Idalou HS, TX)
CLASS OF 2018: Mitchell Horton (Wall HS, TX)
CLASS OF 2019: Cayden Camper (Rye HS, CO)
CLASS OF 2020: Jared Zirkel (Tivy HS, TX)
#1 Overall Punt: William Forman (2018 – St. John Vianney, NJ) (48.8, 4.1 avg)
#2 Overall Punt: Drew Chilcoat (2019 – Ft Worth Country Day, TX)
#3 Overall Punt: Aaron Rodriguez (2019 – Hart HS, CA)
#4 Overall Punt: Mitchell Horton (2018 – Wall HS, TX)
#5 Overall Punt: Greg Stringfellow (2018 – Argyle HS, TX)
CLASS OF 2018: William Forman (St. John Vianney, NJ)
CLASS OF 2019: Drew Chilcoat (Fort Worth Country Day, TX)
CLASS OF 2020: n/a
FIELD GOAL CHARTING
#1 Overall Field Goals: William Forman (2018) St. John Vianney 9/10 through 58 yards
Overall Runner Up: (2-way tie, perfect through 50 yards)
Sam Lowery (2018) Boulder HS, CO &
Caleb Mancini (2019) San Marcos HS, CA
Classroom presentations included tips & strategy on football and recruiting from each coach, as well as an impressive sports psychology talk by Dr. Hillary Cauthen.
On Day 2 we had ‘Elimination competitions’ meaning students had to hit a certain minimum criteria (i.e. distance and hang-time on kickoffs and punts) in order to advance to the next round. As the competition went on, more and more students were eliminated until finally we only had 1 student per class year. We then went until there was only 1 overall champion. Overall winners of Day 2 Elimination won some awesome prizes including a DJI Spark Drone, Playstation 4, Beats Wireless Earphones, Wizard Ball Holders and multiple Kicking World apparel items. The overall champions for the Day 2 Elimination Competitions are as follows:
FIELD GOAL ELIMINATION
Overall Field Goal Champion: Jeremiah Kim (Class of 2019, John T Hoggard HS, NC)
CLASS OF 2018 FG CHAMPION: last ’18 standing
Robert Hayes (Springfield Southeast HS, IL) & Alexander Deighton (Long Beach Poly, CA)
CLASS OF 2019 FG CHAMPION: Jeremiah Kim (John T Hoggard HS, NC)
CLASS OF 2020 FG CHAMPION: Trey McTaggart (Muenster HS, TX)
Overall Kickoff Champion: William Testa (Class of 2018, Italy)
CLASS OF 2018 KICKOFF CHAMPION: William Testa (Italy)
CLASS OF 2019 KICKOFF CHAMPION: Drew Chilcoat (Fort Worth Country Day, TX)
CLASS OF 2020 KICKOFF CHAMPION:Christian Roig (Midview HS, OH)
Overall Punt Champion: William Forman (Class of 2018, St. John Vianney, NJ)
CLASS OF 2018 PUNT CHAMPION: William Forman (St. John Vianney, NJ)
CLASS OF 2019 PUNT CHAMPION: Aaron Rodriguez (Hart HS, CA)
CLASS OF 2020 PUNT CHAMPION: Rene Rodriguez (Mission HS, TX)
Day 2 Overall Winners (Left to Right): William Forman (P), Jeremiah Kim (FG), William Testa (KO)
Photo of the brand new footballs (Under Armour 695XT) we used for the Showcase. It makes a big difference!
View Day 2 Elimination Competition Results (Field Goals, Kickoffs & Punts)
Next year’s Kicking World Invite-Only Showcase Event will take place on December 8-9 in Austin, TX again and all Kicking World campers will have the opportunity to qualify for an invitation based on their performance at any 2018 Kicking World Camp.
CONGRATS TO OUR NEWEST HOT PROSPECTS ADDED FROM THE 2017 SHOWCASE!
- William Forman (2018 – St. John Vianney, NJ)
- Mitchell Horton (2018 – Wall HS, TX)
- Merrick Strykowski (2018 – Roncalli HS, IN)
- Jeremiah Kim (2019 – John T Hoggard HS, NC)
- Mark Applegate (2019 – Oakton HS, VA)
- Aaron Rodriguez (2019 – Hart HS, CA)
- Trey McTaggart (2020 – Muenster HS, TX)
Showcase Compilation Video Official
Showcase Compilation Video V2
2017 Showcase LIVE Replay
**ATTENTION COLLEGE COACHES**
View the Kicking World Hot Prospect List for our top recruits and feel free to contact Coach Brent directly via phone, e-mail, text or Twitter @KickingWorld if you have a specialist need.