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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2023 D1 Dax Iverson K/P UT Fremont HS

Sept 2022 Update – Dax crushes the ball on kickoffs, hitting several 75+ yard / 4.0+ second kickoffs at our Salt Lake City, UT camp on 09/17/22. Even with the slight elevation advantage, he was booming the ball. He’s a...

Undecided
2023 D1 Aidan Bonde K/P NC Southeast Guilford HS

April 2022 update – Aidan is a very polished combo K/P recruit. I see him getting a chance at the FBS level. A couple minor form improvements eliminating his occasional baby draw on field goals, and being able to hit...

Undecided
2023 D1 Joel Garcia K/P WA Fife HS

June 2022 update – Joel is the real deal and fully D1 ready on punts and kickoffs, and has shown some great field goals when he’s hot. He has the leg strength and consistency to be a day 1 FBS...

Undecided
2023 D1 Braxtyn Green K/P FL Suwannee HS

Braxtyn attended the 2021 National Showcase in Austin, TX on Dec 4-5 but was dealing with an aggravated hamstring all weekend. He toughed it out without one complaint and didn’t make any excuses, but it was obvious he was off...

Undecided
2023 D2 Maxx Lawton K/P VA Midlothian HS

Maxx won field goals at our October 2021 Charlotte camp and earned his 2nd appearance to the National Showcase, attending Dec 4-5 here in Austin, TX. While he didn’t finish at the top of his class for anything this time...

Undecided
2023 OTC Brady Peterson K/P WA Emerald Ridge HS

Brady is a dynamite punter and he earned a spot on the Kicking World Hot Prospect List as an OTC (on the cusp) level and his profile will be updated based on future performance. We’ve only seen him once in...

Undecided
2023 OTC David Perez K/P WA Auburn Riverside HS

David just earned a spot on the Kicking World Hot Prospect List as an OTC (on the cusp) level and his profile will be updated based on future performance. Students listed as an ‘OTC’ typically have shown promise at our...

Undecided
2024 D1 Clayton Amaya K/P TX Smithson Valley HS

June 2022 Update – Clayton is hands down the best Class of 2024 kicker in the country. He’s excellent at 6 of the 7 university run camps he’s attended so far this summer winning both field goal and kickoff events...

Undecided
2024 OTC Ethan McBee K/P OK Poteau HS

Ethan was the big surprise of our 2021 National Showcase to the coaching staff, but not to me. They saw that he’s tall and slender and didn’t think he’d have the oomph, but I was chuckling on Day 2 when...

Undecided
2024 OTC Alex Allemang K/P KS Emporia HS

2021 National Showcase (Dec 4-5) update – Alex has the potential to be a top-notch kicker. When he hits the ball pure it sounds so good, like a bomb going off. As a freshman I think he was way ahead...

Undecided
2025 D1 Joseph Collins K/P FL Harmony HS

March 2022 Update – Joseph is the real deal and currently sits atop our Class of 2025 kickers after having a dominating March 12-13 Orlando camp performance where he won all 3 younger group events and was the Overall FG...

Undecided
2025 D1 Daniel Jackson K/P MN Alexandria Area HS

Daniel had a solid Day 2 at our 2021 National Showcase in Austin. He finished tied for Overall Runner-up in the grueling 2 hour long Field Goal Elimination battle. He went a perfect 7/7 from 35L, 35R, 40L, 40R, 45M,...

Undecided