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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 to even be considered is that Hot Prospects must have attended at least (1) Kicking World camp and/or at least (2) Private Lessons in one year. 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 1,500 students a year, we only list the best of the best (typically our top 3-5% of specialists). We also list ‘On the Cusp’ prospects which typically includes our top 6-9% of students, who are on the verge of becoming full-fledged 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. We also list select students as ‘OTC’ for On the Cusp which means they on the verge of becoming full-fledged Hot Prospects, and we’re just waiting for them to put on the finishing touches.

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”? The star ranking system is not always an accurate representation of each student’s true ability. It seems that most anyone can receive a 3.5 or 4 star level even without true collegiate prospect ability. This unfortunately saturates college football recruiting lists and makes it difficult for college football coaches to evaluate who the true ‘college recruits’ are. We’ve seen first hand how the kicker star rankings many times create an inflated sense of ability and ego for both the student and parent. This puts them on a path of self-focus and their star ranking instead of maximizing their technique & fundamentals and being the best teammate they can be.

We’ve also discovered that the integrity of some of the ranking lists is not solely 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. As well, students who only attended one camp in middle school for example, and never went to that camp again, but after committing to a major college football team somehow they magically re-appear near the top of that company’s ranking list after the fact.

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 to Ball Contact
  • Ball Flight
  • Accuracy
  • Distance
  • Hang-Time
  • Attitude
  • Hustle
  • 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 the factors discussed earlier. What we mean by ‘metrics’ is 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 are used in calculating your level. We only list D1 and D2 level specialists on our Hot Prospect List.

We also have a level of ‘OTC’ which stands for On the Cusp. OTC students are on the verge of becoming full-fledged Hot Prospects but have some homework to complete first – such as a little more consistency, better ball rotation/flight, or adding hang-time on kickoffs, etc.

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

We typically assign a Levl 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 completely accurate to assess a level so early. However, we may sometimes assign a Level to standout sophomores & freshmen 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. We also list some students as ‘OTC’ for On the Cusp which means they on the verge of becoming full-fledged Hot Prospects, and we’re just waiting for them to put on the finishing touches. 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 as 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.

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

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2021 D1 Nick Hernandez K/P TX Ronald Reagan HS

Nick has improved dramatically in the last year and now hits a big kickoff as well he has evolved into a dynamite punter. His field goal trajectory is excellent and he has a smooth follow-through. He made 7 consecutive FGs...

Undecided
2021 D1 Jack Meyer K/P WI Chippewa Falls HS

Jack has a HUGE leg and he made such an impression on us at his first KW appearance in June 2020 that we fast-tracked him to the Hot Prospect List. He’s got a great attitude, is coachable, personable, and is...

Undecided
2021 D1 Ewan Johnson K/P TN South Doyle HS

Ewan had a strong showing at our 2019 National Showcase, particularly on field goals. He strikes the ball consistently well. Statistically, he had a great in-game season earning multiple honors for All-Region and District kicker. As he grows and improves...

Undecided
2021 D1 Chance Gagnon K/P FL William T. Dywer HS

Chance entered Kicking World strong with a ‘Triple Threat’ accomplishment by winning all 3 events – field goals, kickoffs, and punts at our March 2019 Orlando, FL camp. In early spring students are usually just getting back into the swing...

Undecided
2021 D2 Cole Hollingsworth K/P TN Ravenwood HS

Cole had an impressive Day 1 kickoff charting showing at our 2019 National Showcase finishing #1 Overall amongst a very competitive field of nearly 60 campers. He also won Golden Boot at our Nashville 1-Day camp this summer. The junior...

Undecided
2021 D1 Garrett Stiles K TX Seguin HS

Garrett made his mark at our 2019 Austin Father’s Day weekend event and followed it up showing steady improvement in private lessons hitting consistent kickoffs averaging 3.8 seconds of hang time, even reaching the range of 4.0 seconds a few...

Undecided
2021 D2 Jorge Figueroa K/P NM Las Cruces HS

Jorge has shown glimmers of wow kicking over the last 2 years, and this year’s Showcase and the weeks following the big event he turned it up a few notches. He finished in a 5-Way tie for Runner-up in our...

Undecided
2021 D2 Brodie Eisenbraun K/P SD Sturgis HS

Brodie tore it up at his inaugural KW showing at our 2019 Minneapolis camp. He won the field goal elimination competition and finished in the top 2 for kickoffs with a nice sized, competitive camp. He earned an invite to...

Undecided
2021 OTC Adam Young K/P KS Olathe South HS

Adam has a lot of potential as a kicker and has improved his field goal ball flight/rotation and power immensely in the last year since our 2019 National Showcase. He has a good attitude and is eager to continue to...

Undecided
2021 OTC George Chrissafis K/P NJ Notre Dame HS

George has been working hard at earning a spot on our List and he put it all together at his recent showing at our July 2020 Toms River, NJ camp. While George still does hit some field goals that have...

Undecided
2021 OTC Christian Payne K/P TX Klein Forest HS

Christian has a MASSIVE leg. I’ve only seen him once ever, this July in Houston where he won the FG competition with a 60 YARDER. I just need to see more of him to see if he’s consistent enough and...

Undecided
2021 OTC Parker Janky K/P NE Grand Island Northwest HS

Parker showed to be a solid kicker at our May 30 OKC event and it was the first time I’ve seen him. While in the 1-Day format I didn’t get as comprehensive of a read as I’d like, I do...

Undecided
2021 OTC Oscar Ayala K/P OK Jay HS

Oscar hit some bomb punts and kickoffs at our earlier spring May 30 OKC event and it was the first time I saw him. He’s on the path to being on the Kicking World Hot Prospect as a punter/kickoff guy...

Undecided
2022 D1 Robert Gunn III K/P FL Pinellas Park HS

Robert is ready to rock and roll for FBS football. As an incoming Junior he made a clean sweep again winning all 3 events (FG/KO/P) at our July 25, 2020 Atlanta, GA camp. In his first game this 2020 season...

Undecided
2022 D1 Will Stone K/P TX Regents School of Austin

Will has been training with me locally via private lessons for 3 years now and has grown immensely as a kicker/punter and physically as a young man. He gets very quick lift on his field goals and has a high,...

Undecided
2022 D1 Buck Buchanan K/P TX Marshall HS

Buck grew a ton since his sophomore year and is almost unrecognizable now. He’s mature, physically fit, and a lot taller/muscular. He has a big leg and hits an excellent flight on his field goals and kickoffs. He was one...

Undecided
2022 D2 Andrew Nelson K/P SD O'Gorman HS

Andrew is a lefty with good kicking and punting ability. He fared very well at both of his first two appearances with Kicking World in March and June 2020 and really turned up his kickoffs and punts in his most...

Undecided
2022 D2 Cole Segraves K/P KS Maize HS

Cole improved quite a bit since his 2019 National Showcase appearance. I gave him homework to complete which included improving his field goal ball flight and adding a little more hang-time to his kickoffs, which is accomplished. On May 30...

Undecided
2022 OTC Charlie Weinrich K/P KS 949-554-3026

Charlie has shown me a lot of follow-through in completing various video homework assignments and getting things to me in a timely manner. Since his first KW camp showing in July 2019 to more recently in the spring of 2020...

Undecided
2022 OTC Tony Wang K CA San Juan Hills HS

Tony has a big leg and only started kicking as a freshman, so he has a lot of upside. His field goals get up quickly and he hits some pretty deep kickoffs. He’ll need to get his kickoff hang times...

Undecided
2022 D2 Jonathan Spurlock K/P TX Bastrop HS

Jonathan has improved immensely in the last year and I’m excited to get him on our List after having trained with KW at our camps and through lessons with me for over 2 years now. He has a big FG/KO...

Undecided
2022 OTC Matthew Gibbons K/P TX Brandeis HS

Matthew is on the verge of earning a spot on the Kicking World Hot Prospect primarily as a punter, but also a kicker. He has some punt turnover consistency to improve and we’re waiting for him to unlock his full...

Undecided
2022 OTC Mark Sayegh K/P TX Texas HS

Mark is a real pleasure to coach – he is extremely coachable, attentive, pays attention to the details, and has improved drastically since we started working together over 3 years ago. He’s fighting for the starting job at perennial powerhouse...

Undecided
2024 OTC Clayton Amaya K/P TX Smithson Valley HS

Clayton, as an incoming HS freshman has shown really well at our 2020 camps and even won a few events, hanging with kids two grade years above him. Most recently in mid-August, he’s been able to hit 50-55 yard field...

Undecided
2025 OTC Daniel Jackson K/P MN Zion Lutheran School

Daniel is the first 8th grader to earn a spot on our Hot Prospect List and one of very few ever to earn a National Showcase invite at only 13 years old! He’s way ahead of his age both as...

Undecided