Last year was a very successful year in the state of Tennessee for kicking specialists and especially for punters. The success of punters in Tennessee was highlighted by Nathan Renfro signing with Maryland and Spencer Roth signing with Baylor. This year the talent in the state of Tennessee leans more towards the kickers.
There are three kickers that highlight the 2012 class of kickers in the state of Tennessee; George Bullock (West High School), Landon Foster (Independence High School), and Ben Ogle (Greeneville).
George Bullock (pictured above) is a kicker from Knoxville that I have worked with since he was in 8th grade. He is a very talented and has the ability to kick off the ground. His hard work has put him in a position for a scholarship.
Landon Foster (pictured above) is the kicker/punter from Independence High School. He was referred to me by Brian Davis, who is now the starting kicker at Arkansas State, and is certainly the best combo kicker in the state of Tennessee and quite possibly the entire country!
I conducted lessons with Landon last Summer and I was extremely impressed with his demeanor and ability to learn. He picked up the instruction I gave him quicker than anyone I coached last Summer.
It will be interesting to see where Landon ends up and I hope he is able to use both his kicking and punting skills at the next level.
His team scored numerous touchdowns throughout the year on their way to a 4A State Championship, but unfortunately for Ben this limited his field goal opportunities. He was able to kick a 49 yard field goal in the State Championship though and boom numerous kickoffs through the endzone.
Ben's uncle is former Vol kicker Alan Duncan and just last Summer he sat in on my lessons with Ben and got to see my coaching methods.
Below is Alan Duncan's testimonial...
Another kicking specialist that has an opportunity to gain a scholarship is Abraham Haddad (Martin Westview). He has a big leg and is really improving his technique. He is also the starting running back for his school and runs a 4.4 forty yard dash.
My goal of improving kicking specialists in state of Tennessee is certainly working! I look forward to seeing how these kicking specialists perform this Summer at Tennessee kicking camps and other camps across the country.