As the month of February began, Mr. Football Kicker of the Year Henrique Ribeiro, didn't have a college home. This supremely talented kicker who had blasted all his kickoffs out of the end zone and made long kicks of 57, 52, and 50 yards wasn't getting his just due. After a month of hard work by Henrique he has found his college home. He will sign with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga today.
The college football recruiting process for kickers is far from perfect and these things happen sometimes, but it is always frustrating to see a talented kicker slip through the cracks. In this article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press Henrique Ribeiro Article I was quoted as saying that MTSU and U. of TN Chattanooga would be crazy not to sign Henrique and I am glad that the U. of TN Chattanooga came to their senses!
This past weekend Henrique came to my Knoxville football kicking camp and performed great. The other kickers seem to be in amazement at the brute strength that he possesses. Selfishly I am pleased that Henrique is staying in Chattanooga because he can keep training with future 2014 star Rafael Gaglianone, who will be Chattanooga Baylor's next great kicker. Check out this video (above) of Henrique Ribeiro kicking a kickoff. He kicked this kick through the uprights from the 40 yard line with a 4.31 hang time!
Henrique has learned the value of exposure as a kicker. I tell all my kicking clients that you have to get out there and go to football kicking camps in Tennessee and surrounding areas to get the necessary attention from college coaches.
On February 18-19 Henrique attended The National Camp Series Super Camp in Orlando, Florida. He impressed some of the best kicking coaches in the country and performed against some of the best kickers in the country. At that time it reconfirmed to me that he was not a flash in the pan, he has the ability to be a star in college.
Here in the video (below) you can see Henrique's performance at the camp.
Just recently the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga came to the table to offer Henrique a scholarship. Their kicking game has needed some improvement and I believe that Henrique's performance at the camp in Orlando was just icing on the cake. He will compete right away for the starting job and I expect him to make an instant impact.
I could not be happier for Henrique to get this opportunity. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is getting a special kicker and person. If you are in the area for one of the "Mocs" games this year I would suggest attending. You will get to see one of the most talented kickers in the country.