The Eastern Showcase Camp at East Stroudsburg University brought out many of the best specialists in the Northeast. This camp, which featured many prospects who should be competing for college scholarships in the years to come, concluded the Kohl's Spring Showcase Camp Tour. College football coaches in the Northeast should be excited to evaluate these specialists as they perform this summer and fall.
The camps' most outstanding performer was 2011 kicker Connor McDavitt (Holden, Mass./Wachusett), who showed tremendous leg speed for a shorter athlete. The ball jumped off his foot on kickoffs, field goals and punts. He won the punt competition and kickoff competition at camp. McDavitt also had a charted kickoff that went 77 yards and a couple kicks that had over four seconds of hang time. The height that Connor got on his field goals was college level, but he does need to continue to work on his ball striking. At times, his ball did not have a clean rotation.
The athlete at camp with the most upside was 2011 kicker Taylor Bertolet (Reading Pa./Exeter Township), who hit some of the biggest kickoffs at a Kohl's camp this spring. His field goals were not at the same level as they were at his previous Kohl's camps because he stuggled with his ball striking consistency. He did show FBS potential when he hit a clean kick. Any high school kicker who can make 60-plus yard field goal, hit kickoffs that go 78 yards and have 4.05 seconds of hang time with little or no tailwind will draw college interest.
Another athlete who has strong college potential is 2011 punter David Bojalad (Elk County, Pa./ Elk County). He hit multiple 55-plus yard punts at camp thanks to his his long levers and fast leg, which were very impressive during camp drill work and the charting session. If he can make some techincal improvements in the months to come, he should be one of the best punters in the Northeast. Bojalad has the tools college coaches are looking for when they recruit punters.
Tim Shenk (Cleveland/ St. Ignatius) proved his name wrong. He made a camp-high eight field goals during the charting session and also kicked off over 70 yards. He proved that he is a very good 2012 prospect and his performance in drill work was very solid as well. His ball consistently was one of the highest and cleanest at camp. He should be a weapon this year for his high school football team.
The camp featured three very good pospects that should be able to play at the college level. Joe Rotherham (Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame De La Baie Academy) won the snapping competition. Sal Liberato (Summit, N.J./Summit) was the most consistent snapper during the charting sesssions. Mike Zenk (Toledo, Ohio/ Toledo Catholic) had the fastest snap at the camp.
• Tanner Fritchle hit multiple 70-plus yard kickoffs at camp.
• Kicker/punter Austin Grebe (North Stafford, Va) showed well in the field goal competition by winning the camp-wide competition.
• Kicker Eric Moore (Eastern York, Pa) kicked very well all day during the field goal charting sessions and drill work.
Jamie Kohl is the director of Kohl's Kicking, Punting and Snapping Camps.