Midwest full of talented kickers

The last couple of weeks allowed Kohl’s to see some of the best kickers, punters, and snappers in the Midwest during a camp tour that began in Minneapolis and finished in Omaha, Neb.

There were many outstanding performances during the tour and many of the athletes we saw should have a big impact on their high school games this season. Here is a recap of some of the most outstanding performers at each camp.

Minneapolis, Minn.
Cody Sacquitne (Decorah, Iowa/Decorah) had the best charts on kick-offs at camp. He was consistently hitting balls in to the end zone. Mike Bennett (Willow River, Minn./Willow River) charted the best in punting, averaging 41.33 yards per punt. He also averaged 3.68 seconds of hang-time. Snapper Danny Schwartz (St. Louis Park, Minn/St. Louis Park) had the fastest snaps at camp.

Cleveland, Ohio
Zach Paul (Parma, Ohio/Padua Franciscan) won the field goal competition with a 52-yard kick. Alex Petro (Bay Village, Ohio/Bay) won the kick off competition with a kick that went 75 yards and had 3.65 seconds of hang-time. Anthony LaMancusa (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute) won the punt competition at camp with a punt that went 51 yards and had 4.25 seconds of hang-time.

Indianapolis, Ind
Brett Bayer (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) won the field goal competition with a bomb that made it from 58 yards away. Tanner Fritschle from (Washington, Ind./Washington) won the punting competition with a punt that went 44 yard and had 4.45 seconds of hang time. Tanner also won the kick-off competition with a 72 yard blast that had 3.63 seconds of hang-time. Tanner has shown great progress over the last few months and should be a potential all-state kicker this season.

West Allegheny, Pa.
Christian Clark from (Linden, Pa./Linden) and Jared Montfort (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) won the FG competition by both making a 48 yard FG. Jason Puhr (Murfreesboro, Tenn/Blackman) won the kick-off competition with a 65 yard kick that had 3.85 seconds of hang time. Jeff Lantz Parkersburg, W.V./Parkersburg) took home the prize in the punting competition with a 50 yard punt that had 4.02 seconds of hang-time.

Cincinnati, Ohio
The field goal winner was Andy Ellington (Scott Depot, W.V./Winfield), who made a 45 -yarder during the competition. Ellington also won the kickoff competition with a 61-yard kick that had 3.41 seconds of hang time. John Fuller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy) won the punt competition with a 41-yard punt that had 4.11 seconds of hang-time.

Hartford, Mich
The Hartford camp had a good group of kickers lead by 2012 K/P Josh Strange from (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Western), who hit multiple kickoffs that were around 70 yards. He also had multiple hangtimes over four seconds. He also punted very well at camp. Two other athletes who charted well on punts were Aaron Ordway (Middleville, Mich/Thornapple-Kellog) and Colin Saltzman (Coloma, Mich./Coloma).

Whitewater, Wis.
2011 K/P Tyler Wedel (McFarland, Wis./McFarland) dominated the kickoff portion of camp. He won the camp-wide competition with a 68 yard kick that had 3.8 seconds of hangtime. He also showed well in punting along with Nick Holland (Brookfield, Wis./Central). Johnathan Kapinus (Madison, Wis./Edgewood) and Sully Luepke (Marshfield, Wis/Marshfield) also hit many college-level punts at camp. There were many strong performances at this camp that had around 70 athletes in attendance.

Columbus, Ohio
Petro, Ryan Adams (Carroll, Ohio/Bloom-Carroll) and Greg Klisuric (Mentor, Ohio/Mentor) showed college-level leg strength at camp. Petro hit a charted kick off that was in the air for 4.1 seconds. Both Petro and Adams showed great college potential at camp. Punter Grant Venham (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) also looks the part of a college player. Snapper Kirk Willis (Granville, Ohio/Granville) is one of the nation’s finest snappers and consistently got the ball back in the 0.7-.75 second range.

St. Louis, Mo.
Chad Levin (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville) won the field goal competition and showed well throughout camp. He may be one of the best field goal kickers in the nation. His motion is very repeatable and smooth. Alec Waldron (Carterville, Ill/Carterville) had the best charted kickoffs at camp. Timothy George (St. Louis, Mo./Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School) charted the best at camp on punts. He averaged 42.33 yards and 4.11 seconds of hangtime at camp. Andrew Smith (Houston/ Westbury Christian) was the camp's best snapper.

Nick Taylor (Cary, Ill./Cary-Grove) was the most impressive kicker during the field goal competition. He made a kick that would have been good from 60 yards away and his consistency was solid throughout the two-day camp. Taylor Zalewski (Orland Park, lll./Carl Sandburg) was the most impressive camper during the kickoff portion of camp. He had multiple 4-second plus hangtimes and hit a kickoff that went through the uprights.

Nick Holland (Brookfield, Wis./Central) had some very impressive punts at camp. His hangtimes were impressive during the drill work phase of camp. snapper James Buban (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) showed college potential at this camp as well. His consistency and snapping speed were very impressive.

Omaha, Neb.
Landon Stouffer (David City, Neb./Aquinas Catholic) won the field goal competition with a 50-yarder. Gabe Meis (Council Bluffs, Iowa/St. Alberts) was the camp's most outstanding kickoff specialist. Cole Netten (Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny) is a very good kicker who also showed the most consistency during the punting portion of the camp.

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