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.
The minimum criteria is that Hot Prospects must have attended at least (1) Kicking World camp and/or at least (2) Private Lessons in one year to even be considered. 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 close to 1,000 students a year, we only list the best of the best (typically our top 5-10% of specialists).
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.
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 are not just 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.
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:
Your level is determined by your kicking, punting or snapping metrics in conjunction with factors discussed earlier. What we mean by ‘metrics’ are 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 is used in calculating your level. We only list D1 and D2 level specialists on our Hot Prospect List.
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.
Absolutely! Based on your performance at camps, lessons, in games as well 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.
Sure, why not! Besides the dramatically increased exposure you’ll get from being a Hot Prospect, all active Hot Prospects get automatic invitations to all Showcase events and also get 50% off the premium monthly training package with Coach Brent!
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 Kicking World Hot Prospect List, we believe wholeheartedly that you have what it takes to play at the next level.Collapse
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|2018||D1||Jacob Click||K/P||TX||Lone Star HS||
Jacob has a big leg and has showed consistency at multiple Kicking World camps. He hit a 42-yarder in the State Finals vs Cedar Park at Cowboys stadium and also had kicks in other big stadiums (Cowboys’ brand new practice...
|Colorado School of Mines|
|2018||D1||Michael Aresco||K||CT||Middletown HS||
Michael dominated our 2016 North Jersey kicking camp winning both the field goal & kickoff competition, besting 20+ other solid kickers. He had a game of a lifetime making 4/4 FGs (52, 42, 33, 25), 4/4 PATs, 8/8 Touchbacks and 1/1...
|2018||D1||Clayton Stewart||K/P||TX||Flower Mound HS||
Clayton is a terrific all-around specialist that can kick and punt, and has a big leg. He had an outstanding 2016 December Showcase performance winning both day’s punting events and finishing runner-up on field goals. He has a good attitude...
|2018||D1||Stephen Personelli||K||MO||Park Hill South HS||
Stephen has a very reliable & accurate field goal leg with a nice straight, end-over end ball flight. He had a tremendous showing on field goals at our December 2016 Showcase. He needs to improve his kickoff distance & hang-time,...
|2018||D1||Matteo Cordray||K/P||TX||Highland Park HS||
Matteo has a huge field goal and kickoff leg, and can also punt. He has turned in a very consistent performance at each of our camps and private lessons and has the leg strength of a D1 placekicker already, as...
|2018||D1||Jacob Zepeda||K||TX||Rouse HS||
Jacob is a very athletic soccer player who has turned into an outstanding kicker. He kicks field goals off the ground and is smooth and consistent from 55 yards and in. His trajectory and pop on the ball is one of the...
|Texas A&M Commerce|
|2018||D1||Juan Ocampo||K/P||TX||Lockhart HS||
Juan Ocampo’s class rank is #12 out of 365 students in his high school. He is very eager to take his kicking game to college and possesses a very strong leg on all 3 – field goals, kickoffs & punts. His...
|2018||D1||Lucas Bautista||K||MD||Winston Churchill HS||
Lucas has shown consistency by winning the kickoff competition at 3 of 3 camps attended; as well as the field goal competition (Golden Boot) 2 out of 3 camps. He has a great attitude and is very tall (6’1) with...
|2018||D2||Joanly Martinez||K||TX||McGregor HS||
I’ve spent a few years working with Joanly through private lessons and our camps. He is a very independent, reliable young man who has always done everything I’ve asked of him. He spends extra hours making highlight videos, he’s come...
|2018||D1||Mitchell Horton||K/P||TX||Wall HS||
Mitchell has a big kickoff leg with lots of distance. He is also an excellent punter. On both days of our 2017 invite-only Showcase, of 60 of the top K/P from around the nation, he finished in the top 3...
|2018||D2||Merrick Strykowski||K/P||IN||Roncalli HS||
Merrick had a solid kickoff showing at our 2017 invite-only Showcase finishing in the top few on both days and really hammering brand new footballs throughout the weekend. He shows a strong kickoff leg, but does need to continue to...
|2017||D1||Justin Davidovicz||K/P||NJ||Bridgewater Raritan HS||
Justin is one of the best underclassman kickers in the country and a young man with a terrific attitude & work ethic. He earned the Varsity job this as a sophomore and hit multiple 40+ yard field goals & touchbacks...
|2017||D1||Jackson Hubbard||K/P||TX||Highland Park HS||
Jackson is a tall & athletic kicker/punter with a big leg. As a freshman, he dominated our kickoff competition in Dallas, TX (April 2014) with several touchbacks. He also won the ‘Golden Boot’ (best underclassman field goal kicker at camp). As a...
|2017||D1||Liam Jones||K/P||OK||Choctaw HS||
Liam has one of the strongest kickoff legs out there and is one of the best kickers in the Class of 2017. He kicks field goals off the ground (no block). At our 2014 Showcase Event in San Diego, CA Liam finished #1...
|2017||D1||Sam McDonogh||K||KY||St. Xavier HS||
Sam has excellent field goal / kickoff kicking ability. He wowed me at our 2014 Cincinnati kicking camp and earned a place on our List. He followed up with a strong showing at our December 2014 Invite-Only Showcase Event in San...
|2017||NFL||Lucas Havrisik||K/P||CA||Norco HS||
Lucas hit a 57 yard field goal during his freshman season at Arizona and has continued his monster kickoff leg into college drilling touchback after touchback. He is an exceptional athlete and very gifted in kicking and punting. He is co-owner...
|2017||D2||Bryce Wade||K||CA||Central Catholic HS||
Bryce is a solid all around kicker. He is consistent on his field goals from 50 and in and routinely hits kickoffs 60-62 yards deep with the ability to hit 67+ on perfect contact. He needs to improve his kickoff...
|Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
|2017||D1||Hunter Everett||K/P||OK||Newcastle HS||
Hunter is an absolute STUD on many levels. Not only does he stand 6’5 tall, but he has a monster leg. He is one of our top 3 Class of 2017 kicker/punters and absolutely crushes the ball. He is co-owner...
|Northeastern Oklahoma St|
|2017||D1||Alex Schrag||K/P||TX||The Colony HS||
Alex hits a real nice field goal and kickoff and can also punt well. He’s been in the top 3 of kickers at each of the camps he’s attended. At our 2016 December Showcase he had a terrific showing with deep, high...
|West Texas A&M|
|2017||D2||Patrick Sandler||K||IN||Roncalli HS||
Patrick has proven his reliability and poise under pressure in big games. He hit TWO game-winning field goals his senior year putting his team into the second round, and later the state finals of the Indiana HS playoffs. Pat’s field goal...
|University of Dayton|
|2017||D1||Dario Longhetto||K||CA||Newbury Park HS||
Dario has a really big kickoff and field goal leg and was #1 overall on day 2 in field goal eliminations at our December 2016 Showcase and #2 overall on Day 1 kickoff charting. In season, he only missed 3...
|2017||D1||Shane McDonough||K/P||FL||Clearwater HS||
Shane has the potential to be a very good collegiate Punter. He has hit some monster punts with big hang-times and needs to work on duplicating his good hits and minimizing his average hang punts. He’s a solid combo kicker/punter...
|2016||D1||Pat Davis||K||NJ||Lacey Twp. HS||
Pat Davis has shown poise under pressure and a college level leg since starting Varsity as a sophomore. Pat won (3) consecutive kickoff competitions at our camps; an unprecedented first. At our 2014 Invite-Only Showcase Event in San Diego, CA;...
|2016||D1||Collin Riccitelli||K/P||CA||Carlsbad HS||
Collin has progressed so quickly since his sophomore year and as a Junior at our 2014 Showcase on Dec 6-7 in San Diego, he won the Kickoff elimination competition outright, besting 41 other top kickers from across the country. He routinely...
|2016||D1||Grant Carlson||K/P||TX||Ridge Point HS||
Grant was perfect on PATs (62/62) his entire sophomore Varsity season. He is one of the best kicker/punter combo guys in Texas and one of the top 2016 kicker/punters in the country, and our best all-around prospect right now. He was crushing...
|2016||D1||Josh Jones||K||FL||Fivay HS||
Josh has a D1 level kickoff leg and consistently put kickoffs 65+ yards with 3.75+ seconds hang-time as a sophomore at our 2014 Orlando, FL camp! He is one of few campers to ever win the ‘Triple Threat Champion’ meaning he won...
|2016||D1||Shea Underwood||K/P||GA||Towns County HS||
Shea is a terrific D1 level punter/kicker. He has a big kickoff leg and gets nice pop on his field goals. His punts have really turned on and he hits big hang-time/distance punts, consistently. He has a ton of potential and I...
|2016||D1||Jake Ward||P||NV||Spanish Springs HS||
Jake has evolved from a D2 level punter to a bonafide D1 level punting recruit. His mid-season senior year film is pretty impressive with many punts hitting mid 4 seconds hang-times and nicely positioned punts pinning the returner inside the...
|University of Nevada, Reno|
|2016||D1||Evan Lewis||K/P||CA||Agoura HS||
Evan finished #2 Overall on Punts at our December 2014 Showcase Event and again #2 Overall on Punts at the December 2015 Showcase. He hits balls that turn over perfectly and stay in the air long. He routinely hits 42+...
|Boise State (walk-on)|
|2016||D2||Dean Krcic||K/P||PA||Pleasant Valley HS||
Dean has a big, tall frame (6’2) and tons of power on Punts and Field Goals. Huge Leg. Needs to work on fundamentals to establish a smoother field goal tempo. Also needs to work on drop consistency. On his good...
|2016||D2||Tim Smith||K/P||CA||El Cerrito HS||
Tim booms the ball with great lift and carry on his field goals. He hit multiple 60+ yarders at camp, and connects from 55 and in with ease. Solid hang-times on kickoffs (3.65 avg) but needs to add 5 more...
|Cal Poly (non football)|
|2016||D1||Chris Stalter||K||CA||Vista HS||
Chris has come a long way with his form, accuracy and power. He now has an excellent kickoff leg with solid hang-time and a penetrating ball flight. His field goal follow-through is more pronounced (since junior year season video) and he’s consistent...
|Univ of San Diego|
|2016||D2||Trent Whitesell||P||TX||Fort Davis HS||
Trent has a typical punter’s frame and absolutely bombs the ball. He comes from a small school/town in West Texas and plays ‘6 man football.’ He’s a hand on his family’s ranch and works real hard. Great attitude, very coachable,...
|2016||D1||Nick Van Valkenburg||K/P||OR||St. Mary's School||
Nick is a bright young man with a lot of drive. He battled a season ending knee injury his junior year and came back stronger than ever with his ‘bionic leg’ the summer going into his senior year. He has...
|2016||D1||Victor Ulmo||K||TN||Baylor School||
Victor really impressed me at our April 2015 Chattanooga, TN kicking camp. He had one of the strongest field goal and kickoff legs at camp and he earned an invite to the December 2015 Showcase. After another powerful performance at the...
|2016||D1||Brandon Cunningham||K/P||TX||Wylie HS||
Brandon has a really nice punting leg, and can also kick field goals and kickoffs. He is tall, slender and hits a beautiful spiraling punt. At our December 2015 invite-only Showcase event, he finished in the top 5 Overall on...
|2016||D1||Mehran Roshanaei||K/P||VA||Yorktown HS, VA||
Mehran has a massive kickoff leg. He dominated all aspects of our June 2015 Virginia kicking camp earning himself an invite to our December 2015 Showcase in San Diego, CA. At the Showcase Mehran finished #1 in the senior class...
|2015||D1||Brannon Satterfield||K||TX||Lake Travis HS||
Brannon earned the starting Varsity kicker job as a junior at one of the biggest & most successful football programs in Texas; Lake Travis HS. He won back to back Golden Boots (June 2012 and 2013) at our Austin kicking camps,...
|2015||D1||Zakary McCrary||K/P||MO||Fort Zumwalt South HS||
Zak has a nice field goal and kickoff leg and also punts well. He didn’t have many in-game FG opportunities, but is a very good kicker with a college level leg. He kicks field goals off the ground (no block). He should...
|Midwestern Baptist University|
|2015||D1||Jared Haynes||K||TX||Hutto HS||
Jared has been training with us for a while. He earned the starting Varsity kicker job as a freshman at Hutto. He absolutely crushes the ball on field goals. He was hitting 55 yarders as a sophomore and now he’s...
|Sam Houston State|
|2015||D2||Gage Wilson||K/P||NV||Bishop Gorman HS||
Gage punts and kicks for powerhouse Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, NV. He has blossomed into a good punter and had great senior year stats setting several new school records. He shows a lot of potential on punts and also has...
|2015||D1||Elia Palmese||K||NJ||Rancocas Valley Regional HS||
Elia is not a big guy, but he can really boom the ball. He listens well, and follows to a T what he’s taught. His strong point is field goals, and with a little more distance on kickoffs I see...
|2015||D1||Connor Flanigan||K/P||TX||Bowie HS||
Connor kicked a game-winning 40 yard field goal as a junior and kicks FGs off the ground. He was 52/53 PATs Senior, 53/53 PATs Junior and 32/33 PATs Sophomore year (Near Perfect PAT’s 3 consecutive seasons – 137/139)! He finished his senior year 12/16 on Field...
|Angelo State University|
|2015||D1||Ivan Terriquez||K/P||CA||Merrill F. West HS||
Ivan was a perfect on 7 consecutive field goals through 50 yards and was runner-up as a sophomore and then near perfect through 55 yards a year later at our San Francisco camp. He was runner-up at both of these...
|2015||D1||Cooper Garcia||K/P||CA||Nordhoff HS||
Cooper has a strong punting leg, nice tempo on his field goals and a strong kickoff leg. In the second half of his Junior season just about all of his kickoffs were touchbacks. He’s improved a ton year by year...
|2015||D1||Nicholas Keller||K/P||TX||Pearland HS||
Nicholas was 81/82 on PATs his Junior year and played in the Texas 5A State Championship vs. Allen in Cowboys Stadium. He has a very strong leg on both kickoffs and field goals and has proved his accuracy over the...
|2015||D2||Drew Smith||K||TX||McKinney Boyd HS||
Drew has a big field goal and kickoff leg. He can also punt, but kickoffs, then field goals are his best attributes. With his kickoff power I think walking on at a D1 school would not be unrealistic.
|Texas Tech (walk-on)|
|2015||D1||Sean Galey||K/P||KS||Bishop Miege HS||
Sean impressed me at our 2014 Kansas City camp and he was a close 2nd in the punting competition; with all hang-times 4.0+. He is well rounded in field goals, kickoffs & punts. He has a nice leg and a...
|Missouri Western State|
|2015||D1||Rafael Muñoz||K||CA||Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary HS||
Rafael’s field goals jump off his foot and I’ve seen him connect on kicks back to 60 yards. He won the field goal competition at our 2014 summer Orange County, CA camp and was very consistent throughout the entire camp....
|2015||D1||Alex Moyes||K/P||AZ||Combs HS||
Alex has a tall frame (6’1) and can really crush the ball, both on kickoffs, punts and field goals. His strong suit is kickoff and field goals, and he routinely puts kickoffs deep in the end zone. In our 2014 Phoenix spring...
|2015||D1||Keven Nguyen||K/P||CA||Rancho Cotate HS||
Keven has tremendous punting ability and on his best balls, produces NFL level punts. He needs to work on his overall consistency, and reproduce it every time. Keven won the Punt elimination competition at our December 2014 Invite-Only Showcase Event,...
|2015||D2||Cade Thompson||K||AZ||Basha HS||
Cade has a fast leg and hits a good ball. I’m not a fan of his follow-through as he stops his leg, however it gets the job done because his kicks are straight and with solid power. At our December...
|2015||D2||Gordon Strelow||K/P||CA||Sage Hill School||
Gordon has a 35 ACT and 4.5 GPA. He is very mature, reliable and professional for his age. He and his friend started their own business in high school. Gordon is a D2 level field goal kicker, and on his...
|UC Berkeley (non football)|
|2015||D2||Alex Gilland||P||TX||Killeen HS||
Alex had a consistent showing in punts at our December 2014 Showcase Event. He averaged 37 yard Net punts (52 in the air) with several punts 4.0+ seconds hang-time. If he can add a couple more yards and a few...
|West Point (walk-on)|
|2015||D1||Blake Levin||K||CA||Santa Barbara City College (JUCO)||
Blake has 3 years of eligibility left and has gained considerable interest from college football teams after an All-American Redshirt Freshman season at Santa Barbara City College. He has multiple offers on the table. Blake kicks solid field goals and...
|2015||D1||Christopher Kappel||K/P||Austria||Vienna Business School (Int'l)||
Chris is a European kicker with a booming field goal and kickoff leg. He would like to come to the US and play D1 football. He was the best kicker at our 2013 Bolzano, Italy international kicking camp. He kicks...
|2014||D2||Tanner Martin||K||MO||Lee's Summit West HS||
Tanner is a well-built, physically matured kicker who can crush the ball. He won back to back Golden Boots at our Kansas City kicking camp in 2012 and 2013. His best attribute is his power and strong legged kickoffs. Borderline...
|2014||NFL||Jason Sanders||K||CA||Villa Park HS||
*10/14/18 Update – Jason hit his first NFL career game-winning field goal (47) in overtime to propel the Dolphins over the Bears. He also booted a 50 and 25 yard field goal and a pair of PATs in the win.
|Miami Dolphins / Univ of New Mexico|
|2014||D1||Eric Piccione||K/P||TX||Clear Springs HS||
Eric gets great lift and distance on his field goals. He won multiple field goal & kickoff competitions going back to 60+ yard field goals in a pressured environment. He crushes his kickoffs deep in the end zone and can...
|Blinn College - JUCO & transferred to Northwestern State|
|2014||D2||Oliver Graybar||K||NV||Reno HS||
Oliver ‘Ollie’ is a strong young man with a lot of power behind his kicks and punts. He is well rounded in field goals, kickoffs and punts and is equally good in all 3. He kicks touchbacks often and gets...
|The Milford Academy & transferred to Arizona|
|2014||D1||John Coleman||K||NJ||Sparta HS||
John is the real deal and is D1 scholarship material. He’s a student you need at your school both athletically and academically. He has dominated year after year at our camp competitions, and has delivered under pressure, numerous times. He...
|2014||D1||TJ Fitzsimmons||K/P||HI||Kamehameha-Kapalama HS||
Tyler ‘TJ’ had an amazing senior year punting in Hawaii. Most of his games were played at Aloha Stadium so he has experience in front of a big crowd & is used to kicking on tall college uprights. He connected...
|2014||D1||Christian Guerra-Barbosa||K||TX||Creekview HS||
Christian really impressed me after having just an ok first camp outing with us, he rebounded 4 months later and won the Golden Boot with a 60 yard field goal, besting 20+ Dallas area kickers. He hammers the ball on...
|2014||D1||Esteban Senteno||K/P||CA||Mission Hills HS||
Esteban really turned it on in his Senior year. He was a man on a mission and came to 3 consecutive California camps this spring/summer to stake his claim by winning multiple camp events. This year as a senior he...
|Northern Arizona University|
|2014||D1||Kevin Reid Jr.||K/P||TX||Flour Bluff HS||
Kevin tore it up at our summer Austin TX camp and went all the way back to 60 yards in the field goal competition. He likes to compete and kicks a really nice ball. He was off the ground his...
|Texas State University|
|2014||D2||Matt Barmby||K/P||CA||Cosumnes Oaks HS||
Matt had improved a ton in the last two years and will be going into a JC after he graduates. We expect him to transfer out after a year or two. Matt won 2 consecutive field goal competitions at our...
|Sacramento City College / San Jose State|
|2014||D2||Raul Perez||K||NJ||Manasquan HS||
Raul is an excellent field goal kicker with a wonderful attitude. His ball gets up quickly and he’s already off the ground on field goals. His weak link is kickoff distance. He hits touch backs but is averaging right around...
|2014||D1||Luciano Fasani||K||KS||Bonner Springs HS||
Luciano converted an onside kick and then kicked a game-winning 29 yard field goal and booted a 43 yard field goal the week before and had a 3 field goal game (43, 41, 21) the week prior to that! He had...
|2014||D1||Hunter Kelley||K/P||CA||Edison HS||
Hunter is a tall, athletic punter that can also destroy the ball on kickoffs. Make sure you check out his videos. He only started kicking (after playing soccer) his junior year and ramped up quickly. At our private training he...
|2013||NFL||Matt McCrane||K||TX||Brownwood HS||
12/27/18 Update: Matt was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers after they placed kicker Chris Boswell on the IR. On Sunday, December 30, 2018 he kicked 3 total field goals with one 47 yarder and a late one with minutes...
|Pittsburgh Steelers / K-State|