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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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Class Level Name Pos ST School Coach's Comments College
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2021 D1 Justin Bohrer K TX Cedar Park HS

Justin has a big kickoff leg and has proven to be accurate and reliable in-game on all his PATs and Field Goals. He hit a 37 yard game-winning field goal in overtime in a Texas HS state playoff game as...

Undecided
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 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 KY Franklin 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 D2 Jack Meyer K/P WI Chippewa Falls HS

Jack Meyer just earned his spot on the Kicking World Hot Prospect List and his profile is coming soon…

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 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 OTC Jorge Figueroa K/P NM Las Cruces HS

Jorge has shown glimmers of wow kicking over the last 2 years, but at 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...

Undecided
2021 OTC 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
2022 D1 Robert Gunn III K/P FL Pinellas Park HS

Robert is ready to rock and roll for FBS football. As a sophomore this past season he had had a dominating performance at our 2019 National Showcase among 60 of the country’s best kickers. He was the Day 1 Overall...

Undecided
2022 D2 Buck Buchanan K/P TX Hallsville HS

Buck has lots of potential and strength for his size and only being an underclassman. He was one of the youngest student on our list making it going into his freshman year. Buck was one of only 3 frosh invited...

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

Andrew Nelson just earned his spot on the Kicking World Hot Prospect List and his profile is coming soon…

Undecided
2022 OTC Stephen Grocki K TX Our Lady Of The Hills Catholic Regional HS

Stephen is a very physically fit kicker who has a big leg. I’ve seen him kick 58+ yard field goals and kickoffs over 70 yards. He gets a good height/trajectory on his field goals. Stephen and I have been working...

Undecided
2022 OTC Charlie Weinrich K/P KS St Thomas Aquinas HS

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