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Western Showcase features top talent

The Kohl's Western Showcase Camp held this weekend brought out many of the best kickers, punters, and snappers from a six-state region.

The Southern California weather was a typical 80 degrees and sunny, and the overall level of talent was also typical for this region of the United States, with all campers able to perform at a high level for their high school team and many who will be playing beyond high school career.

The most outstanding overall prospect was 2012 K Ryan Hawkins (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) who has attended multiple events and shown well multiple times. The Western Showcase another step forward for Hawkins toward a full-ride FBS scholarship.

Hawkins is a legitimate field-goal kicker off the ground, making 8 of 10 charted field goals, and he is able to hit 65-yard field goals off the ground. His best charted kickoff was 76 yards with a 3.9-second hangtime, and Ryan also hit a 72-yard, 4.2-second kickoff to end the competition. He should draw a lot of interest from Pac-10 schools the next 9 months.

The most outstanding punter at camp was Osborn Umeh (Lakewood, Calif./Mayfair)., who hit multiple punts that had over 4.8 seconds of hangtime. The high ball on the day was Osborn's 4.96-second blast that went 46 yards from the line of scrimmage. His steps are short, his hands are soft and his motion is repeatable.

Osborn does need to work on some small technical things but the ball explodes off his foot and he has a consistency that very few punters at his level possess. Osborn will be highly-sought after by multiple FBS schools in the months ahead. Keep an eye out for this name.

Other outstanding performances


2013 K Andrew Antognoli (Fresno, Calif./San Joaquin Memorial) opened my eyes with his ability to hit 55-yard field goals off the ground with ease. His coordination on kickoffs still needs work, and if it were solid he would be college-ready right now.

• 2012 kickers Brian Drulias (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar), James Grigsby (Las Vegas, Nev./Shadow Ridge), Franklyn Cervenka (Los Angeles/La Canada), Alex Boy (Long Beach, Calif/Lakewood) all had college level moments at camp. Each showed some impressive ball-striking ability during the field-goal drill phase.

• 2012 punter Eric Keena (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise) and 2013 punter Cameron Van Winkle (Fall City, Wash./Fall City) showed some impressive ability during punting drills. They were able to hit hang times in the 4.7-4.8 second range, and while their hands are still a big raw they have tools.

• Andres Velasco (Silverado, Calif./Silverado) and Christian Rodriguez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley) won the field goal and punting competitions, respectively. Both showed great focus and an ability to perform under pressure. Both also seemed to relish the spotlight, something vital for top kickers.

Snappers

The snapping class was loaded with talent from 2011 to 2013 and could compete with any other group in the nation.

Kolton Donovan (Cedar City, Utah/Cedar City, 2012) recorded a camp best by hitting nine of 15 charted long snaps and had a top snap time of .74 seconds. Jeffery Overbaugh (Anchorage, Alaska/Robert Service, 2012) had a great day of charting as well with 14 target hits and a perfect 15-for-15 on short snaps. Overbaugh recorded a best snap time of .67 seconds from 14 yards.

Easton Wahlstrom (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) was solid from seven yards, going 14/15, and was a consistent 13/15 from 14 yards. The 2013 class was well-represented with Brendan Turelli (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) throwing bullets all day, recording a top snap time of .62 seconds and a slowest time of .73 seconds. Turelli was a perfect 15/15 on short snaps and also ran well with a 40-yard dash time of 5.2 seconds.

Snap challenge winner Michael Lizanich (Phoenix, Ariz./Pinnacle) also had a great day on the field, connecting on 15 of 15 snaps and clocking a best snap time of .67 seconds.

Superlatives

Most Outstanding Kicker: Ryan Hawkins
Most Outstanding Punter: Osborn Umeh
Most Explosive Snapper: Brendan Turelli
Most Accurate Snapper: Kolton Donovan
Snapping challenge winner: Michael Lizanich
Field goal contest winner: Andres Velasco
Punting contest winner: Christian Rodriguez