The Midwest training camp tour displayed a lot of young talent during the early part of June. There were many strong performances to keep track of at these camps.
The training camp at the University of Wisconsin had some outstanding performances. Miles Bergner, a 2013 kicker/punter showed great potential throughout the camp. He put on a showcase during the kickoff competition Sunday. Bergner, won the competition with a personal best of 74 yards. Entering his sophomore year at Crystal Falls Forest Park High School, Bergner needs to become a more consistent performer during his prep career, but already shows college-level leg strength. With continued development, Bergner may become one the best in the Class of 2013 and will definitely garner attention from colleges in the future.
The weekend also acted as showcase of sorts for Class of 2011 kicker/punter Tyler Wedel (McFarland, Wis./McFarland). He started the weekend off with a bang, winning the field goal contest with a 55-yarder. He then followed up the kick with a miss off of the crossbar from 60 yards. Wedel, who was first team all-conference as a defensive back, as well as kicker and punter in 2009, is one of the best athletes in the class. The McFarland High School star also is the teams' starting quarterback and a three-sport athlete. Throughout the weekend, Wedel charted well in all areas and with technique work and consistency should garner scholarship offers in the future.
Other strong performers at UW
Nick Holland (Brookfield, Wis./Central) had a good charting session and showed consistency throughout the morning and excelled under pressure. His focus throughout the session was a good sign for college coaches interested in the prep star.
Colton Kreckler (West Allis, Wis./Nathan Hale) won the punting competition. He also showed potential in all areas and was stood out during the kickoff competition, losing in the final to Bergner. Kreckler has good leg strength and is still developing as a technician.
Class of 2011 athletes Brandon Riesterer (Kiel, Wis./Kiel) and Blake Joseph (Crystal Falls, Mich./Crystal Falls) excelled during different phases of the camp. Both athletes are combination specialists and showed flashes of college potential throughout the weekend.
The Peoria, Ill., camp had standout performers in punter Steve Salata (Buffalo Grove, Ill./Buffalo Grove) and Ron Pavlik (Porter, Ind./Porter). They hit multiple punts over 40 yards that had over four seconds of hang time. This camp was held during a rainy day and the camp charts did reflect the tough weather conditions, but these two athletes did a nice job to battle through the tough conditions.
The Detroit-area camp also had two standout performers in Jason Middleton (West Branch, Mich./West Branch) and Brendon Renius (Lambertville, Mich./Lambertville). Renius hit a 74 yard kickoff that was in the air for 3.85 seconds. Middleton won the field goal competition, while showing a good, natural rhythm and tempo at camp. Both should have solid 2010 football seasons for their high schools.
The Indianapolis-area camp had a lot of strong performances. Max Hernandez won the field goal competition at camp. Nial Noonan (Lafayette, Ind./Lafayette) hit the longest kickoff with a 76-yard blast that was in the air for 3.79 seconds. Taylor Kerr (Pike, Ind./Pike) and Nick Cassidy charted the best on punts at camp. Kerr also did hit some 70-yard plus field goals at camp. They both showed college level distance and hang time at times. However, the highlight of camp was when current Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee came to the camp, spoke to the group and did some drill work with the punters and snappers.
Jamie Kohl is the director of Kohl's Kicking, Punting and Snapping Camps.