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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”?

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 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.


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.


View Past Prospects

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Class Level Name Pos ST School Coach's Comments College
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2020 D1 Jared Zirkel K/P TX Tivy HS

Jared dominated a field of 30 very talented kickers in Austin on 8/4/19 winning the Golden Boot with a 60 yard field goal and kickoff competition with several kicks with big hang times over 4.15-4.25 seconds. On 6/12/19 Georgia offered...

University of Georgia
2020 D1 Vito Calvaruso K/P MO Helias Catholic HS

Vito Calvaruso is the real deal. He was absolutely hammering kickoffs at our 2019 National Showcase clearly leading the pack. He hit multiple kickoffs over 75 yards, 4.0+ seconds, and won the Kickoff Elimination with an 80 yard / 4.0...

2020 D1 Jacob Willig K/P CO Rocky Mountain HS

Jacob had a great showing at our 2019 National Showcase finishing in the top group of field goals and kickoffs both days, and held his own in punting too. He has a huge kickoff leg and can hit 70+ yards,...

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 ball that gets up quickly with great lift. He had a good showing at our 2018 National Showcase finishing tied for...

2020 D1 Trey McTaggart K/P TX Muenster HS

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

2020 D1 Christian Roig K OH Midview HS

Christian has won the field goal competition at each of the last 3 years of Cleveland camps and is a 3x National Showcase attendee. He performs extremely well under pressure. Christian was one of the ‘last 4 standing’ at our...

2020 D1 Everett Ornstein K/P TX Langham Creek HS

Everett is a hard-working kid with a big leg and lots of potential. He battled a back injury the second half of his junior season but pushed through it and then fully recovered. He won the field goal event at...

2020 D1 Alejandro Chavarria K/P TX Central Catholic HS

Dec 2019 Update: Alejandro had a tremendous 2019 National Showcase performance, competing with 60 of the country’s best kickers. He finished #2 overall on Day 2 kickoff eliminations, reaching 3.9+ second hang times consistently, with 65-70 yard kickoffs. BIG Leg!...

2020 D2 Jared Quiñonez K CA Mater Dei Catholic HS

Jared has been working with us since his freshman year of HS via private lessons and camps. He’s a reliable young man with a great attitude who puts all he is taught into action. Jared hits a nice field goal...

2020 D2 Sam Renzi K/P VA Mount Vernon HS

Sam has a very nice field goal trajectory – high and straight from 55 and in. He won back to back years’ Virginia camp Golden Boot. Needs to improve FG Ball rotation as he hits an occasional wobbly end over...

Sacred Heart University
2020 D2 Anthony Ortiz K TX Royse City HS

Anthony started playing football in his junior year and had a great year going 9/9 on FGs and 100% on PATs. He has a terrific attitude, is very respectful & personable, and has been improving at each camp and lesson...

Texas A&M Commerce
2020 D2 Eli Gehman K TX Leander HS

Eli has a very high academic class rank and a great SAT score. He does well under pressure in-game and has delivered during the field goal competitions at Kicking World camps, and more recently has really turned up his punting...

Trinity University
2020 OTC Kaedin Steindorf K/P OR Sherwood HS

Kaedin has a big kickoff leg and really impressed us at his first Kicking World camp in Seattle in July. He excelled at field goals consistently hitting a penetrating ball flight that quickly got up over the line of scrimmage....

2020 D3 Perrin Teer K TX Huntington HS

Perrin has been working really hard on his kicking these last few years. He has a fast leg swing and his field goals get up quickly, with a nice trajectory off the ground. He hits some pretty solid kickoffs in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

2021 OTC 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. He’s listed as an OTC (on the cusp) Hot Prospect because he shows potential but we’d like to see him...

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...

2021 OTC Tripp Daniel K/P TX St Michael’s Catholic Academy

Tripp has come a long way in his kicking over the last 2 years and has developed into a very solid kicker who can also punt. He makes good, consistent contact on his field goals and hits deep kickoffs and...

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

UPDATE: December 2019… Robert is ready to rock and roll for FBS football. He’s only a sophomore and had a dominating performance at our 2019 National Showcase among 60 of the country’s best kickers. He was the Day 1 Overall...

2022 D2 Buck Buchanan K/P TX Hallsville HS

Buck is an On the Cusp Prospect with 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...

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

Profile coming soon!

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...