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Any advice for football kicking?

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Replies to: Any advice for football kicking?

  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 1,734 Senior Member
    I think the major D1 schools are looking for the top players in the Chris Sailer camp. Beyond that, I don’t think schools really place any recruiting priority for kickers and that the pool of potential kickers/punters come out of tryouts. obviously there will be exceptions to this depending on the school.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Forum Champion Athletic Recruits Posts: 2,425 Forum Champion
    I think it is true that for most kids, scholarship opportunities as a specialist are very limited coming out of high school. Most schools are going to use a walk on slot every year or two on a kicker/punter/long snapper. So there are probably two, maybe three of each who are rostered every year. Maybe one of each will end up with a scholly, depending on how they perform in spring ball/summer camp. Of course, there are exceptions that prove the rule, and the very top couple kids in the nation are going to get schollyed somewhere out of the box. But relying on that is kind of like the arguments we see here about how Ivy schools take kids with bad academics. It is usually unproductive to focus on the very small numbers of low band recruits (or scholarship freshman place kickers) and then try and extrapolate out. The fact is that ii is very hard to earn a scholly as a specialist, harder even than it is as a regular player.

    But at the end of the day, I still think Kohls and Ray Guy are the class of this particular world.
  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 Registered User Posts: 629 Member
    Good advice so far. I would also have your son (initially with your guidance?) fill out the online recruiting questionnaires for all of the football programs he is interested in. I would cast a wide net now, and it is not too early for a rising sophomore to do this. Stay on top of the recruiting rules, they change frequently. Here is NCAA D1 football recruiting guide, each NCAA division has one, as does NAIA. http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/2018-19DIREC_FootballGuide_20180629.pdf

    Lastly, I agree that he probably doesn't need a long, professionally produced kicking video. A short highlight video on a post pinned at the top of his twitter account (create one if he doesn't have one), along with a berecruited.com (et. al.) profile with video should suffice.
  • 3kidsMultipleSports3kidsMultipleSports Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    OK- so we are 3 weeks into Junior year. Apparently he is doing pretty well and catching a lot of "fan" attention (ie people in the crowds, old football players, etc). Last Friday an opposing team coach came over and talked to him during warm ups because he had seen him scout film putting balls through the end zone in the previous game. He's been friended on facebook by a few "trainers" who want to train him (first one free). We are hesitant to do alot of extra training during season since he's already taking so many kicks and it is hard to know who is going to help or not. Plus we can't really afford alot. We've talked about priority one being grades/act score since it sounds like most likely affording college is going to be based on academic and that it turn will open doors for him to likely walk on (since it sounds like most kickers aren't really on scholarship). But - in the meantime, how should he handle this. He has created a hudl highlight from games 1-3. He is going to go fill out potential athlete forms. Should he email coaches now? Should he send the hudl highlight or should he wait and send with all junior year? Will they even watch it? He has a 23 on ACT and plans to take it more and a 3.9 unweighted gpa. I'm thinking at this point maybe go ahead and register with the clearinghouse since we know he wants to pursue football or soccer. If he emails does he try to email a special teams coach or head coach or just put the hudl link in potential athlete form. We were going to try and send him to a specialty camp last summer, but his dad had a major medical that had to take priority. He does have a twitter account and has put his hudl highlights on it. He isn't really active on social media though and doesn't have tons of followers. We just aren't sure the right approach for all this. His older brother is on academic scholarships and has a work study job. They will have one overlapping year of college (most likely) so getting cost down is a big consideration. Thanks for all the feedback - it is very appreciated!
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 19,521 Senior Member
    You really don't have to register with the clearinghouse until he's ready to take OVs. It's only $80 (?) but you never know if he'll change his mind or go D3.
  • Ohiodad51Ohiodad51 Forum Champion Athletic Recruits Posts: 2,425 Forum Champion
    ^ I agree you don't need to register with the clearinghouse unless and until you get to the OV stage. It really doesn't take that long to do. I think my kid registered a week before his OV.

    As far as highlights, I would probably wait until the end of junior year. Most specialist recruiting occurs very late in the cycle, so it is not like schools are really thinking about kickers in the junior class at this point. I would look at the websites of your target schools and find out who the area recruiter is for your geographic region and point my communication that way. And there is nothing wrong with sticking a link to the hudl tape in the contact email.
  • NJWrestlingmomNJWrestlingmom Registered User Posts: 749 Member
    @3kidsMultipleSports has he talked to his coach? on my son's team the coach is always having college coaches come in. If he knows a boy is interested in playing at the college level, he will promote the kid and help put together the highlight tapes.
  • 3kidsMultipleSports3kidsMultipleSports Registered User Posts: 147 Junior Member
    Thanks - good information. I'll wait on the clearinghouse. He has a hudl highlight from games 1-3 (pre district). Figured maybe do another one for district games and then sounds like he should reach out. I know the HS coach had lots of coaches in over spring/summer (I think) so that makes sense too.
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