The Kohl's kicking camp tour travelled to Florida most recently with stops at Gainesville and West Palm Beach, where a couple of the nation's top specialists were in attendance. Keep an eye out for some of these names because they may be winning big-time college games in the years to come.
ESPNU 150 Watch List kicker Roberto Aguayo (Mascotte, Fla./South Lake), arguably the nation's top kicker was in attendance at the West Palm Beach camp. He has proven himself at multiple Kohl's events and recently verbally committed to play at Florida State. Coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff are getting a kicker who can hit field goals of 60-plus yards and get consistent touchbacks on kickoffs. Aguayo won the kickoff competition at camp and showed great range and consistency on his field goals at the camp as well. He also worked on his punting at camp and hit multiple balls that had over 4.6 seconds of hang time.
Other than the future Seminole, three other 2012 kicker/punters stood out.
Cole Leininger (Saint John's, Fla./Bartram) showed big-time college talent on his field goals and kickoffs, despite working off the ground for the first time on his field goals. In fact, he won the field goal competition with kicks that would have been good from over 60 yards away. His punting is also on a national level with many, traveling over 50 yards in the air and having over 4.5 seconds of hang time.
James Lincoln from Ocala, Fla. is no stranger to big-time football. His brother, Daniel, has been the starter at Tennessee the last couple of years and is a current pro prospect. James showed very well at the Gainesville camp by winning the kickoff competition with a kick that went 69 yards and had 4.0 seconds of hang time. He also finished second at camp in the field goal competition and should contend for potential scholarships in the months to come.
Bobby Puyol is a versatile athlete who also plays quarterback at Dwyer High School and has a scholarship offer already from Middle Tennessee State. He showed very well during the West Palm Beach camp. He hit his field goals off the ground better than we have ever seen him and his kickoffs were huge. The best kickoff he hit was 76 yards and had 3.97 seconds of hang time. Puyol will continue to draw interest this spring and should pick up more offers in the weeks to come.
A 2013 athlete that opened up some eyes at the West Palm Beach camp was Ryan Pandy from Clearwater, Fla. He is a strongly-built athlete and won the field goal competition with a 60-yard wind-aided blast. He should continue to get better in the months and years to come. Karson Dietrich from Vero Beach, Cameron Golob from Wellington and Austin Taylor from Charlotte, Fla. also all have the tools to be special 2013 prospects.
We also saw a good group of snappers at camp. Tyler Riley from Ocala, Fla. won the accuracy and speed competitions at the Gainesville camp. Garrett Powers from Callahan, Fla. went 10 for 10 on his short snaps and finished second in the speed challenge at camp. Chris Skukalek from Clearwater, Fla. was the runner up in the accuracy challenge in Gainesville. Len Skubal from St. Thomas Aquintas High School won the West Palm Beach Camp speed competition with a snap that had a time of .70 seconds.