GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The sunshine state camp through once again with some very talented specialist prospects. Danny Krysalka, a 2013 prospect from Ocala, FL was the camp MVP and he showed legitimate leg strength in all three disciplines. He won the FG comp with a 58-yarder and the kickoff competition with a 70-plus-yard blast.
Another prospect who impressed was 2012 prospect Aleem Sunanon from Orlando, Fla. He still needs to become more consistent off of the ground, but he showed great tempo and coaching ability on kickoffs with tremendous form in punting as well.
The top punting prospect was 2012 Ryan Rodwell from Daytona Beach. He has a great frame and tons of potential. During the drill work phase of camp he impressed everyone with three straight balls that were over 50 yards and 4.6 seconds in hangtime.
The Kohl's training camp in Iowa brought out over 70 campers who were looking to get some training in during the heart of winter because most of the athletes at the camp have not been able to train outside for the last two to three months.
The camp had a couple of outstanding snappers in attendance including 2012 prospect Jake Hurrell from St. Charles, Mo., showed great promise at camp. He was very smooth and showed college level velocity. Brett Walinga, from Orange City, Iowa, showed college-level ability at camp. His 6-foot-4, 240-pound frame makes him a very attractive college prospect.
Logan Bieghler, from SE Polk High School in Altoona, Iowa, showed he is a college-level specialist in both kicking and punting.
West Des Moines Valley showed why it had success on special teams because its punter/kickoff man Alden Haffar showed a big-time leg, while field goal kicker Kevin Sheldon showed consistency that should allow him to compete immediately at the college level.
The camp also had a couple of very impressive young kickers in attendance. Mark Zavrl, a 2013 kicker from Andover High School in Mass., flew out to camp and made an impression by winning the field goal competition with a 50-yard blast off the ground. Matt Easley from Newton, Iowa and Cole Netten from Ankeny, Iowa will compete in the next year for all-state honors and college spots. They both are extremely coordinated and refined for young kickers. Nathan Knuffman from Coatsburg, Ill., has the tools to play at a high level in college. He does need to continue to develop his ball striking skills off the ground.
Overall, the weekend gave athletes from different regions of the United States a chance to hone their skills for the next football season. Keep an eye out for many of these athletes to make a splash for their teams next season.
Jamie Kohl is the director of Kohl's Kicking, Punting and Snapping Camps.