The Kohl's Midwestern and Eastern Showcases each had over 100 athletes trying to make a name for themselves. There were some very impressive performances put up by the kickers, punters and snappers who competed at these events. Both of these camps featured some specialists that should play at a high level in college in the years to come.
The Midwest Showcase had an outstanding performance from 2011 kicker Taylor Kerr (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike). Taylor had the best kickoff in the competition (69 yards with a 4.05 hang time) and also won the kick off charting session in the morning. His best kickoff was 74 yards with 3.87 seconds of hang time. This is a big-time kickoff indoors.
Michael Beckman (Lindenhurst, Ill./Lakes Community), a 2011 kicker, and Eric Malm (McCordsville, Ind./McCordsville), a 2010 kicker, tied for first in the field goal competition and both made 52-yarders off the ground. Beckman was a perfect 10 for 10 on his field goal charting, including a 55-yarder off the ground. He hit the ball like a kicker who is four to five years older.
This camp also featured some very impressive performances from 2011 kickers David Reisner from Bartlett, Ill., and Drew Meyer from Hartland, Wis. Both showed range out to 55 yards on field goals. Nick Immekus, a top 2010 kicker from Wheaton, Ill., had an outstanding camp finishing with eight made field goals during the charting session and taking second place in kickoffs. Griffin Synder from White Bear Lake, Minn., Mathias Wright from Marion, Iowa, and Chris Colombe from Pewaukee, Wis. also had great field goal charts.
Tyler Anderson a 2010 kicker/punter from Rockford, Ill., may have had the camp's best overall performance. He won the punt charting and finished high in both field goals and punts. Richard Reeves, Zach Antle and D.J. Wilhelm also showed very well in the punting events. Paul Sawicki, a 2010 punter from Wheeling, Ill. won the punt competition and senior Andrew East from Indianapolis won the snapping speed competition. Adam Muller, Scott Daley, Joe Rotherham and Jim Buban also had solid snapping charts at the camp.
The Eastern Showcase also had some top prospects that stood out. Andrew Cerret, a 2010 punter from Huntingdon, Pa., is already committed to Temple and he showed why he belongs at the FBS level. He won the punting competition with a 60-yard bomb that had the crowd yelling. Junior punters Spencer Roth from Knoxville, Tenn., and Drew Kaser from Strongsville, Ohio, also placed well in the punting competition, while Aaron Berthet from Sterling Heights, Mich. opened some eyes by winning the punt charting and finishing second in the punt competition. Berthet had multiple punts over 4.8 seconds in the air.
The field goal competition was won by Niklas Sade, a 2011 kicker, from Raleigh N.C. He made a field goal from 52 yards away to win the competition and finished second in the kickoff charting session. The winner of the kickoff charting session and kickoff competition was 2010 kicker Chris Hawthorne from Raleigh, N.C. He used his 6-foot-5 frame to consistently launch the ball 65-to-70 yards and had consistent hang times around 4.0 seconds. Bo Beegle, a 2010 kicker from Beloit, Ohio finished second in the kickoff competition and had a solid all-around camp.
Other solid performances were turned in by 2010 kicker Adam Keller from Dover, Pa., who made nine of 10 field goals during the charting session. Matt McZura had a solid showing during the field goal and punting competitions. Senior John Carpenter, from Cumberland, Md., showed well in both field goal and kickoff competitions. Senior Luke Sweeney, a 6-5, 220-pound snapper from Allison Park, Pa., had an outstanding camp and showed well during the live snap period. Junior snappers Kirk Willis from Granville, Ohio, and Chad Bushley from Brooklyn, Ohio, also showed FBS promise for the 2011 class. Junior Mike Marando from Brooklyn, N.Y., also had a very good day on field goals and kickoffs.