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California, Atlanta Kohl's camps

Here is a look at the three most recent Kohl's camps as we travelled to the West Coast and then back across the country to Atlanta, however bad weather could not be avoided no matter where we went.

Kohl's headed West to the Golden State in hopes of finding some great talent. Once again, the state of California didn't disappoint. Two camps were held and some tremendous performances were put on display by some talented prospects. The athletes battled heavy rains and cold weather, but showed well despite the difficult conditions.

San Jose

Sam Falkenhagen, a 2012 prospect from Atherton, Calif. proved he is a prospect to keep an eye on by dominating the camp. He showed tremendous poise and coordination on his kickoffs and great potential on his punts. He needs to continue to improve kicking off the ground, but there is no doubt he is someone colleges will be keeping tabs on.

Noah Beito, a senior-to-be from Scotts Valley, Calif., had potentially the fastest leg at the camp. He showed wonderful timing and coordination on his kickoffs by winning the kickoff competition and he also showed well kicking field goals. However, Beito must continue to improve on his overall ball striking ability to be considered a national level recruit.

The last stand out performance at the San Jose camp was turned in by Andrew Nave a senior-to-be from Golden River, Calif., who won the field goal competition with a 48-yard blast in tough conditions. He has a great frame, hits field goals well and has a lot of confidence in his steps and his approach.

Bakersfield

Kohl's headed south to the talent-rich city of Bakersfield. Some outstanding performances were turned in by younger athletes at this camp, proving that the future is indeed bright in the Golden State.

Cruise Adams, a 2013 prospect from Bakersfield, Calif., started off by winning the field goal completion with a 50-yard blast. Cruise is an athletic prospect who has all the tools to be a good kicker and punter.

Another athlete to watch is 2013 prospect Adam Huyck, who is also from Bakersfield. If his coordination can catch up with his 6-foot-3 220-pound frame, he will surely be a big-time prospect. Huyck showed tremendous potential by winning the punting competition and finishing second in the kickoff charting.

However, the overall camp winner for best performance was turned in by fellow 2013 prospect Andrew Antognoli, a tall and coordinated kicker/punter from Fresno, Calif. He showed elite skills off the ground on field goals and top-notch coordination on his kickoffs. If he can continue to improve his consistency on his field goals, he will be one of the highest-rated kickers in the state.

Atlanta

The Kohl's staff was on the road again at Flowery Branch High School, just outside Atlanta, where we had the chance to see a talented bunch of athletes showcase their potential in some adverse weather conditions. The athletes had to show good focus and concentration kicking in the rain and on a wet field.

Nathan Etheridge, a 2013 punter from Blessed Trinity High School, was the most outstanding punter at the camp. His brother, Tucker, was also one of the best snappers at camp. Blessed Trinity should be in good hands as long as the Etheridge brothers are on the field. They both have college potential and should provide a big advantage for their high school team this upcoming season.

The day was also dominated fellow youngster Colin Harper, a 2013 prospect from Vestavia High School in Alabama. He showed great mental focus and consistency by winning two of the field goal competitions. Harper connected on a 45-yard field goal into the wind and rain to win the camp wide competition.

Blake Lucas, a 2012 prospect from Bleckley County High School, was probably the most well-rounded player at the camp. He showed consistency all day with the ability to hit the big field goal when called upon. He was able to hit kickoffs of 68 yards, but needs to work on his hangtime to move up as an elite specialist.

Davis Naber, from Hoggard High School in North Carolina, and Cazmon (Cazi) Suri, from Dominion Christian High School from Georgia, were two other 2012 prospects who stood out among the crowd. Both have the ability to hit field goals of 45-plus yards and kickoffs of 70-plus yards in calm conditions.

A name to be looking for in the near future is Ty Wilson, a 2014 prospect from Pembroke, Ga. He is an athletic lefty with a fast leg and a good attitude. Wilson held his own in all of the competitions and put up some impressive numbers hitting kickoffs of 59 and 64 yards in poor conditions.

Danny LaMontagne, a 2012 snapper from Brookwood High School in Georgia had a strong performance by going 7 of 10 on his long snaps with an average snap time of .73. Tucker Etheridge (2013 snapper), Corey Clay (2012 snapper) from Osborn High School in Georgia and Ryan Eustace (2012 snapper) from Harrision High School in Georgia gave LaMontagne strong competition during the snapping challenge. In the end, it was LaMontagne sealing the deal. Etheridge took home the speedball competition and registered a snap that hit the target in .75 seconds during the competition.