Kicking is proud to announce it will be directing the
University of Floirda's Kicking Camp! We are very excited to
go back where it all started and give the best kicking instruction
from the best group of instructors. We will be bringing back
former Gators, other highly respected kicking coaches in Florida,
and of course, the AAK instructors. So, if yours a
Kicker/Punter/Snapper, come on out.
If your looking to get recruited, they might be looking for
quite a few walk-on spots to fill as there roster is very low on
specialist. Contact Coach Fleming with any question you may
have and we hope to see you all out there soon!
All American Kicking (
had another good trip to St. Louis for a camp. Each time
I return home (I am from Kirkwood, MO originally), I am always
impressed with the level of talent. St. Louis is not know as
a "hotbed" for specialist, but each year there seems to be a few
top-notch guys that come out of the STL and this year is no
2012 kicker Nick Bartolotta from Fox HS continues to impress
me every time I work with him. His explosion is ridiculous,
especially for his size. Very controlled and smooth. I
am very surprised that he hasn't landed with anyone yet, but am
confident whoever gets him will end up finding they have found a
2013 Punter Cody Edwards of Rockwood Summit had some booming
punts, avg. over 40 yards and over 4.0 on his hang time. For
those who don't know punting, that is actually a pretty big
accomplishment to do that as an avg. and do not include
bounces! Look for that name as a scholarship punter for next
2013 Kicker Andrew Phillips from my old High School Kirkwood
showed great consistency. Had a hard go on the field goal
portion of the day due to some unlucky wind in his face.
Needs some more strength and power, but with his shown consistency
and his dramatic improvement on his form, he will be just
fine. Look for him to climb the board on many schools lists
as he continues to improve!
2014 Kicker Brandon Doyle also from Kirkwood also did
well. Looks like Brandon and Andrew had, and will continue to
have, a friendly competition for playing time at KHS.
Competition always makes each guy better, and since its friendly
comp, I see them both succeeding when it is all said and
done. Brandon's form has really come along. He has
great height and power on his FG. Once his KO and Punts come
around he will be a weapon for sure!
2015 Kicker Zach Potter from Terre Haute, IN impressed me
again. This was his second competition and he nailed 9/10,
which makes him tied for 2nd on the NCS board (
What I like about Zach is not all of his FG makes looked good, but
because he uses his body and momentum well, even his miss-hits he
drives towards the target. He is young, but I like his
attitude and determination, so look for Zach to be a top recruit
when the time comes!
What a great group of guys. St. Louis had more rain in
the two days prior than I can ever remember, and a little during
the comp, but each guy stepped up and did not make excuses for the
a bad kick. Truely great "lets get after it" attitude that I
love to work with. I'm excited to come back and work with
these guys May 6, 2012.
I have had a lot of questions lately on kickers, punters, and
snappers trying to maximize there trips to college camps in
June. Specialists want to know:
- How do you find out which universities are hosting kicking
camps and where do you find them?
- How do you determine if that university or college is
looking for a kicker, punter, or snapper?
- How can a specialist create a buzz about themselves before
showing up to the camp?
Here is a brief rundown of these questions to help sort your
way through the madness that has become college camps.
1. How do you find out which universities are hosting
kicking camps and where do you find them?
Answer - Its not hard, but can be time consuming.
Almost every college or University publishes any camps they have on
their website. Problem is, they all publish them in different
places. Here are some sections to check for them:
- Football section of the website (obviously)
- A tab labeled "Athletic Department"
- A tab labeled "Fans" or "Community"
- A tab labeled "Prospective Athletes" or "Prospective
Rest assured it is on the site colleges or universities site
somewhere, but you may have to spend some time finding it
2. How do you determine if that University or College
is looking for a Kicker, Punter, or Snapper?
Answer - A couple of different ways. The old fashion
way is to DO YOUR RESEARCH!! Take a look at the rosters and
see who there starter is. If they have a "to be senior"
starter, than chances are they will be looking to replace with a
new kicking stud! If the roster is filled with specialist,
and more than one on scholarship at any specialty position (Kicker,
Punter, Snapper), than sometimes (not always), that means that they
have a fresh/soph stud waiting for his time.
Another way is to call or email and ask. Esp. if you
are a good prospect, they will tell you if they are looking to
recruit someone out of the camp. Some coaches will beat
around the bush with you, but others will be honest and tell you
straight up if they are not looking for anything in-particular from
this camp. I haven't known a coach yet that didn't offer at
least a walk-on spot to a kid that blew them away, even if they
were not looking for a kid. Coaches can't pass up on talent,
no matter how stacked the cupboard is.
The last way is to check with the kicking coach running the
camp. Now a days, most kicking camps are operated or coached
by experts that are not associated with the college (Kicking
Coaches like myself). They can be a little more candid with
you on what a college might be looking for. They are not
agents of the college or can speak for them, but they can use there
experience and knowledge to guide you in the right direction
How can I create a buzz about me before I show up?
Answer - Contact the coaches, send film, create a website for
yourself. Everything you should already be doing to make sure
you are prepared to sell your services to a coach, you should pass
on to the school before you arrive. That way, they can watch
the film, and if they like it, they can keep an eye out for you
when you show.
Connect with the kicking coach that is running it. If
you know that a certain kicking coach is connected with a camp you
want to attend, make sure he has your film, or better yet, go
complete a kicking session with him. These kicking coaches
all have a valued input on who is a good kicker when a college ask,
so you want that kicking coach to say your name. They only
way to accomplish this is to make sure they kicking coach knows who
Ahh yes, the question every kicker, punter, and snapper asks
me is "How do I market myself better to colleges". The
question is simple, but the answer is a little more
complicated! Here is what I suggest to all my guys
To market yourself properly, you must prepare properly.
I compare looking for a school is like looking for a job. You
have to have a clean and up-to-date resume, be able to stress who
you are and why you are a great candidate in breif manner, and do a
lot of homework to find what you are looking for!
Prepare: Three must Do's for anyone looking to go to
college. 1. Have your own website - Be able to have your own
"online resume" that you can keep updated with video, pictures,
stats, and anything else you would like. The websites that I
tell my specialist to use is easy to create, you pick the URL name
(for google search purposes), and you can see if a school looks it
from a school or desk computer.
for an example website
2. Consectutive Kicks film - Put together a film
of you taking 10 or so consecutive kicks. Do not cut the
footage as you want to show "this is what I can do out of 10
kicks". If you cut it (even if it saves time), coaches have
no choice but to assume you cut out the bad kicks. For Field
Goals, make sure you hit from multiple locations. Kickoffs,
Punts, and Snaps just need to do 10 in a row from the same
location! So, you have to get yourself 10 balls to kick, get
your plan together of what angles or which ball your going to hit
3. Highlight film from your season - Make sure you have
a good highlight film that only shows what is necessary.
Coaches don't care about the entire play, just your kick. The
only part you need to include is from the time the snap begins, to
the time the ball hits the ground. The more "fat" you can
trim off each clip, the more quality clips you can add.
College coaches don't have time to watch 20 min. highlight films,
so you need to keep it at 5-7min. at best. Trimming each clip
up will make sure you can fit 10+ clips per min!
Check out the highlight film above that I completed for
one of my students. It gives you a good idea of how it shoudl
Do your Homework! Every year I have a handle of specialist and parents coming
to me wondering what happened. The first question I ask them
in return is "What did you do to promote yourself"...Most do the
combines and the competitions and that is great, but they miss the
big picture by not contacting schools, sending links to their
websites, and reasearching which schools need
specialist. Being recruited takes a lot of unseccessful
cold calls, emails, and college kicking camps. Make sure each
college that visits your campus is walking away with one of your
highlight films, even if they didn't show you and interest.
If you put the time in doing your reasearch and reaching out to
colleges, good things will come. Remember, you only need one
school to be interested to make it worth your time!