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 1,000 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”?

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.

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 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 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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2019 D1 Landon Reeves K/P TX Idalou ISD

Landon is very consistent on FGs from inside 50 yards with excellent lift and a penetrating ball flight off the ground. He has the leg strength to hit back to 60. His punting has reached a whole new level and...

Undecided
2019 D1 Aaron Rodriguez P CA Hart HS

Aaron is a dynamite punter who performed exceptionally well at our 2017 invite-only Showcase Event. He finished #3 Overall each day on punts and #1 in his class on Day 2 eliminations. Aaron has a very consistent drop and foot...

Undecided
2019 D1 Steven Opella K TX Reagan HS (San Antonio)

Steven kicks beautiful field goals off the ground and has a big kickoff leg. He’s won multiple KW camp competitions proving his steady demeanor under pressure. Steven shows the ability and maturity to play D1 football. He is a coachable young...

Undecided
2019 D1 Mark Applegate K/P VA Oakton HS

Mark has an excellent punting leg and was near the top of the pack for both punting and kickoffs all weekend at our 2017 invite-only National Showcase event. He gets great distance on kickoffs and is continuing to improve his...

Undecided
2019 D2 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 from his sophomore to junior and...

Undecided
2019 OTC Cayden Camper K/P CO Pueblo County HS

Cayden is an On the Cusp Prospect with a nice punt and kickoff leg, and a tremendous attitude. He excelled on the University camp circuit this summer winning Colorado State’s FG competition and 2 other College’s Punt/Kickoff competitions. He’s a...

Undecided
2019 OTC Erik Delgado K CO Martin Luther King Jr Early College

Erik is an On the Cusp Prospect who is a solid 50 yard and in lefty field goal kicker. He gets great ball flight off the ground on his field goals and has shown to be a very consistent field...

Undecided
2019 OTC Brian Cooey K/P NJ Highland Regional HS

Brian an On the Cusp Prospect who punted exceptionally well at our Northeast Regional Showcase on 8-12-18, winning the overall punt competition and earning a 2018 National Showcase invitation. He hit multiple 45+ net, 4.8+ second hang time punts, as...

Undecided
2020 D1 Jared Zirkel K/P TX Tivy HS

BREAKING NEWS 9/7/18 – Jared kicked a 59 yard FG in game tonight (1st video on this page) and was also 9/9 kickoffs for touchbacks in their dominating win. As a Freshman Jared was kicking 55+ yard field goals and kickoffs in...

Undecided
2020 D1 Trey McTaggart K TX Muenster HS

Trey has a super accurate field goal leg. He hit 100/100 PATs his sophomore year on Varsity and was 2/2 FGs and 3/3 PATs in State Championship game at Cowboys Stadium! Trey is very smooth under pressure and has a...

Undecided
2020 D1 Joshua Montanari K/P OH Theodore Roosevelt HS

Joshua is an excellent field goal kicker with great size and a good attitude. He hits a nice trajectory field goal that gets up quickly. He was very consistent on field goals and went deep into the FG battle during...

Undecided
2020 D2 Christian Roig K OH Midview HS

Christian has a HUGE field goal leg and can easily hit 60+ yards. He is a pleasure to coach and gets along with all the campers and always has a smile on his face. He has a big kickoff leg,...

Undecided
2020 OTC Sam Renzi K VA Mount Vernon HS

Sam is an On the Cusp Prospect who gets nice field goal trajectory – high and straight from 55 and in. He won back to back years’ Virginia camp Golden Boot. He’ll continue to improve FG Ball rotation as he...

Undecided
2020 OTC Eli Gehman K TX Leander HS

Eli is an On the Cusp Prospect with lots of potential and upside and is also has a high academic class rank. He does well under pressure in-game and has delivered during the field goal competitions at Kicking World camps. Eli...

Undecided