|Landon Foster (Committed to U. of Kentucky)|
Two years ago it was kickers like Corey Acosta (Southern Miss) and Brian Davis (Arkansas St.) who were able to gain scholarships after their high school season.
Last year was an even better year as Nathan Renfro (Maryland), Spencer Roth (Baylor), Zach Sharp (TN Tech), and Jackson Redditt (UT-Martin) all had their schooling paid for by their kicking or punting skills.
If someone is looking for a kicking scholarship it is important to have a solid plan going into your senior year. Lots of kickers and parents believe that scholarships are based on ability and that is mostly correct, but it is also vital to market yourself.
|George Bullock (U. of Tennessee)|
|Greeneville Kicker Ben Ogle|
In Chattanooga there is an extremely talented kicker that has exploded on the scene in Henrique Ribeiro of Chattanooga Baylor. This year he has hit field goals of 57 and 52 yards.
Check out this article on Henrique Ribeiro . I hope to make a trip to Chattanooga this season to meet him and watch him kick. He is really an incredible story.
Ben Ogle of Greeneville High School is a talented kicker who should find a scholarship by the end of the season.
Ogle (pictured below) has hit numerous kickoffs out the back of the endzone and just recently hit a 57 yard field goal! Hitting long field goals have a way of getting college coaches' attention!
|Brentwood punter Ryan Ault|
What separates him from most punters is his ability to hit a consistent spirals without having the most ideal snaps. His best football is ahead of him and I certainly see him as a scholarship punter. He is technically sound and has great hang time on his punts.
I am excited to see where he ends up and to see his increased success with advantage of a college snapper and more time in the weight room.
|Maryville kicker Evan Toby|
Evan has the leg strength to be a college kicker and is just now getting the experience. Kicking at a big school like Maryville puts him in the spotlight almost every week and he compared favorably with Tennessee commitment George Bullock when their prospective schools faced off this year.
Being a football kicking coach in Tennessee I have worked with or seen the majority kicking talent in Tennessee. Here are my top senior kicking specialists from the state of Tennessee in alphabetical order.
- Ryan Ault- Punter (Brentwood High)
- Toby Baker-Punter (MUS)
- Shawn Bowerman- Kicker (Hendersonville High)
- George Bullock-KO Specialist (Knoxville West)
- Landon Foster-Punter/Kicker (Independence High)
- Chris Harris- Kicker (Columbia High)
- Benjamin Ogle- Kicker (Greeneville)
- Henrique Ribeiro- Kicker (Chattanooga Baylor)
- Evan Toby- Kicker (Maryville High)