WHITEWATER, Wis. -- The 2011 Kohl's National Scholarship Camp was one of the biggest and brought in the most talent ever. There were kickers, punters and snappers in attendance from all over the United States and beyond who were attempting to prove they were best at their position.
Kickers and punters
2012 kicker/punter Austin Hardin from Marist High School in Georgia proved he is the best specialist in the nation. Not only did he show consistency and poise on his field goals but he also showed special leg strength by hitting an 88-yard kickoff that had 4.22 seconds of hang time during the camp. He has committed to the Florida Gators and he will change field position for many years to come in the SEC.
Ross Martin, a 2012 kicker/punter from Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio, proved he is the most college-ready field goal kicker in the nation. His rhythm and technique allows him to have range out to 60 yards away. His concentration also allowed him to be very consistent during pressure situations. The Duke commit has improved on his kickoffs to the point where he can consistently hit kickoffs over 70 yards with over four seconds of hang time. His punting is also something that he has worked hard on over the last couple of years and he could compete at most colleges as a punter as well. Martin will be playing in the Under Armour All-America Game and is one of the safest picks in recent history.
Mississippi State commit Devon Bell (Warren Central, Miss./Warren Central) and Nicholas Rose (Highland Park Texas/Highland Park) both showed big-time leg strength on their kickoffs and hit multiple 80-yarders with four seconds of hang time. Bell also hit multiple punts with five seconds of hang time. Both were in consideration for a spot in the Under Armour game, but at this point their the lack of field goal consistency is not at a superior level.
Nathan Knuffman, from Camp Point Central High School in Illinois, and Sean Convington, from St. Petersburg, Fla., are both lefty kicker/punters with Division I scholarship talent. They can both hit 80-yard kickoffs and punts with five seconds of hang time. Plus, both made strides towards becoming a finished product on field goals. This was the best camp Knuffman Knuffman has ever had with Kohl's.
Bryant Myer, from Manheim Central High School in Pennsylvania, and Ryan Hawkins, from Sunrise Mountain High School in Arizona, also had a solid camp in both kicking and punting. They are Division I specialists when they hit their "A" ball. Myer is more of a punter and Hawkins is more of a kicker but after seeing Hawkins hit some big punts, we feel he can do both at the Division I level.
Jimmy Hutchinson is a Class of 2013 punter who will land at the FBS level next year. His hang times and consistency are very impressive for a younger punter and he will be on a lot of colleges' radar for the next couple of months. He should be off the board early next year.
Punters A.J. Hughes, from Terre Haute North Vigo High School in Indiana, and Sam Foltz, from Grand Island Senior High in Nebraska, separated themselves from the rest of the group at camp. They consistently hit punts that traveled over 45 yards and had over 4.4 seconds of hang time. They are news guys to the college recruiting scene, but they should turn a lot of heads in the weeks and months to come.
David Reisner, from South Elgin High School in Illinois, battled through a minor foot injury to have a very successful camp. He is an improved ball-striker who should be in contention for multiple college opportunities in the months to come.
Nick Jordan, from Coppell, Texas, showed everyone why he received multiple scholarship offers and eventually landed a full ride to Texas. He hit field goals and kickoffs that were special at camp and is someone who have be able to play early for the Longhorns.
LSU commit Reid Ferguson, from Buford, Ga., showed everyone at camp why he is going to be a scholarship snapper for the Tigers in the years to come. Jeff Overbaugh, from Robert Service High School in Arkansas, also showed he has the ability to snap at a high level in college. 2012 snappers who also had a nice camp and will contest for positions at the next level are Zach Hirth from Eureka, Mo., Nick Dooley from Scottsdale Christian Academy, Nolan Dowling from Belleville East High School, Jake Hurrell Francis Howell North, Mo., Bobby Ramlet from Appleton Xavier High School, Wis., and Kolton Donovan from Pine View High School. Plus, 2013 snapper, Brendan Turrelli from Arcadia High School will open eyes across the nation with his accuracy and snap speed in the upcoming year.