Southwest Kohl's camps recap

The beginning of June was a time that the Kohl's staff hit the Oklahoma and Texas region for training camps.

The training camp held in McAlester, Okla., had some strong performances, including 2013 prospect Redford Jones (Norman, Okla./Norman). He can easily hit 50-yard field goals and 65-yard kickoffs over 65 yards. The camp also featured 2011 kicker Dylan Beers (Jenks, Okla./Jenks), who had the strongest leg at camp but does need to work on some technical issues. Colton Rancourt (Lawton, Okla./Lawton) and Trevor Pinkston (Rockwell, Texas/Rockwell) also showed good college potential on their kickoffs and field goals with range out to 55 yards.


Kohl's held a camp at Euless Trininty, which has been one of the top programs in the nation over the last couple of years. This camp featured some very good specialists as well. Craig Fischer (Grapevine, Texas/Grapevine) is a very accurate and solid snapper. His consistency is already at the college level. Kicker Preston Soper (Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee), who is one of the top kickers in the 2013 class, was solid all camp long. His field goal range is 55-plus yards and his kickoffs are close to 70 yards. Jason Sills (Keller, Texas/Keller) is very close to Soper and will also be someone to watch in the years to come.

Chris Smith (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth) won the field goal competition at the camp and showed flashes of a very strong leg. Taylor Symmank (McKinney, Texas/McKinney) and Buckley Willis (Austin, Texas/Austin) also showed that they have the leg to kick and punt in college.

As a side note, Euless Trinity will have two very good kickers and punters competing for a spot this year in Anthony Perez and Tyler Orwig and it will be a battle for game reps between those two athletes.


Kohl's had two Houston-area training camps. The camp at The Woodlands High School was dominated by three athletes. Kicker Ben Calder (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire) clearly had the strongest leg at camp. He hit a kickoff 77 yards with a 4.07 hang time. However, his technique and consistency need to improve, once he gets to the next level. Mitch Glander (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) was the best ball-striker at the camp, showing the best rhythm and consistency on field goals. Punter Anthony Fuqua (Keller, Texas/Keller) also had a strong showing during the punting portion of camp. His ability to hit balls that spiral and turn over is impressive for a high school punter.

The Pearland High School camp is always a special camp for the Kohl's staff because it's the high school of long-time Kohl's coach and current New Orleans Saint's punter Thomas Morstead. The day was full of thunder and lightning both on the field and off of it as well. Kris Albarado (St. Charles, La./St. Charles) has already received FBS offers and he proved why at camp. He hit multiple punts that were over 50 yards in the air and his consistency and rhythm is about three-to-four years ahead of his time. Dylan Nowack (Houston/Pearland) had one of his best camps by kicking off over 65 yards consistently and hitting some punts that had over 4.4 seconds of hang time. Sam Martin (Texas City, Texas/Texas City) also showed college ability as a punter. He had a couple of 50-plus yarders during camp.

Jamie Kohl is the director of Kohl's Kicking, Punting and Snapping Camps.