Matt Bosher – JUPITER HIGH
If you liked kicking, Miami was the place to be this past weekend as Scout.Com. OneonOneKicking.com and MSL hosted the 2005 Competition Expo at the University of Miami and the Orange Bowl, attracting college coaches who came with offers in hand for the elite seniors.
MIAMI – There is no doubt that one of the most important parts of a football team is its special teams. For the past two days at the University of Miami and the Orange Bowl some of the nations best place kickers, punters and long snappers were on display for college coaches. There were college coaches from Florida, Northwestern, and UCF just to name a few on hand to watch the event. Scout.com teamed up with MSL and did a great job of exposing these fine young special teams’ players from all over the nation. What were even more impressive were the names of some of the coaches that worked the camp. From former UM place kicker Todd Sievers, to Freddie Capshaw. Others that joined in on the fun were former NFL kickers Chris Bonoil formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, Luis Aguirre of the Kansas City Chiefs, Greg Montgomery, Brian Henley were all there as well. The job most well done was by camp director Mike McCabe of 101 kicking.
What was most impressive was the showing of over 100 kickers, punters and long snappers from all over the country. On Saturday the show belonged to Blake Calingan of Coral Spring High School in South Florida. Once he got into a rhythm Clingan average well over 42 yards a punt with a long of 58 yards. That punt was the longest of the day for Clingan. Blake also had two other kicks of over 50 yards. He is one prospect that many in the recruiting world should keep and eye on. Clingan was only a sophomore this past season. One of the best evaluators of punters in the country is Coach McCabe here is what he had to say about Clingan, “If this kid keeps working hard he will be one of the premier punters in the nation two years from now. I thought he was one of the best punters in the nation this year as a sophomore. He is going to be big time.”
The senior star punter was Scott Kozlowski of Royal Palm Beach High School. Scott had a very good day and after his impressive showing it would not be surprising to see him get an offer from Northwestern. Scott favorite team at this time is West Virginia and it should bode well for the Mountaineers since two of his teammates Jatavious Best and Jarrett Brown are already committed to West Virginia. When I asked former Miami Hurricanes punter Freddie Capshaw about Kozlowski here is what he had to say, “Great punter, if he works on his technique some Scott will be a big timer at the next level.”
One of the many surprises at the camp can all the way from North Carolina. Adam Kassouf out of North Davidson High School in North Carolina showed well on Saturday and Sunday of the camp. “Kassouf has a very good leg if he can work on getting full contact on the ball he can be very good,” Coach Greg Montgomery said.
Another specialist that stood out as well was Dan Stuckey of Weber College. “His drops need improvement but this kid has a big time leg. If he can also get a little more consistent there is no doubt he can get some nice offers,” Coach Capshaw said.
Jonathan Phillips who committed to University of Florida was also fun to watch. He showed very good accuracy on field goals fewer than 45 yards. “He has a strong leg, his kickoffs were real good and Phillips was one of the more accurate kickers at the camp”, Coach Chris Bonoil said.
The top Jr. Prospect was Matt Bosher of Jupiter High School. Not only was he one of the top punters he doubled as a place kicker as well. “Unbelievable is about all I can say about Bosher, he is a prospect that will be recruited by every top program next year, he is by far the best all around punter/kicker prospect at the camp,” Don Sylvestri said.
Patrick McAfee of Plum High School in Pennsylvania was probably the most impressive looking place kicker of the MSL Camp. He wowed every one by hitting field goals of 40, 45,50,55,60 and than 65 yards. He tried one from 70 and had the distance but went wide right. He also was very impressive on Saturday by placing most of his kickoffs in the end zone. McAfee may have also had the most height of any of his kickoffs for the two day event.
Others that stood out were Matt Dillalo of Wellington High School who is committed to Colorado, Paul Fitzgerald of Douglas High School, Mike Knall, Ryan Davis of Hollywood Christian. Taylor Rowan of Melbourne High School, Zach Aronson of Douglas High School who may have been the best Long Snapper at the competition, Junior Brett Swenson of Cardinal Gibbons, Anthony Picirilli of Hopewell High School in PA, Hess Crokett of Southeastern HS, Long snapper Garrett Rockfeld of Cypress Bay, John Futchko of Eva Gallie High School and Kris Jovanowski of Larey Township High School in Connecticut.
All in all it was one of the best camps that I have attended. Scout.com and MSL did a very good job of getting all these great special teams players at this event. I have to say that all the coaches and those that participated made this a very enjoyable weekend.
Charles Fishbein, a frequent contributor to Scout.com wrote this report for FloridaKids.us and Scout.com.
The One-On-One Kicking Camp was sponsored by the South Florida Institute of Sports Medicine.