(VIDEO) 2013 Western Spring Showcase Recap
The 2013 National Spring Showcase Tour for Kohl's Kicking Camps kicked off on the sunny coast of California. Kickers, punters and long snappers from the region attended the event for the chance to get nationally ranked and rated. Athletes were given the chance to separate themselves from the pack through a charting session, an evaluation drill period and camp-wide competition.
One athlete in the class of 2014 who separated himself from the pack was John Baron. The former soccer player proved himself as a kickoff specialist and may be among one of the best in the nation when it comes to teeing up at the high school level. Baron recorded an 80-yard 4.3 second hang time during the charting period of camp. John excelled in the field goal portion of camp also, and should prove to be the full-package at the next level.
John Baron (pictured right) booted an 80-yard kickoff with a 4.3 second hang time.
Junior College punter Alex Boy looks the part of an elite athlete. He also has the abilities to back it up. Boy showed the strongest leg at the Western Showcase Camp, and was able to consistently hit spirals while putting up an astounding 52-yard average during his charting session. When tested into the wind, his consistency only continued. Boy is a sure-fire, division 1 prospect who will should do extremely well with transferring up to a higher division of college football.
Jake Bailey, in the class of 2015, had one of the strongest legs at the kicking combine. His field goal performance showed a smooth rhythm to the ball with a crisp contact connecting on 7 of 10 field goals in charting. His kickoff average came in second to Baron, averaging just under 70-yards a kick. Bailey's future should be fun to follow as he improves even more over the next few years.
Alex Boy (pictured left) averaged 52-yards at the showcase camp.
Brandon Hatfield and Eric Williams both performed well during the camp-wide competitions. Hatfield polished off his field goal performance with a 55 and 58-yarder to cap the kicking competition, and finished with 8 of 10 field goals in the charting session. Williams took the punting competition in the final round with a ball that traveled 55-yards.
Zach Schmid and Michael Canahai are combo specialists that showed well in all phases of the kicking game. Schmid is a class of 2014 athlete and Canahai is a Junior College prospect looking to transfer.
The 2014 snapping prospects were lead by CJ Keller and Joe Parisi, both hailing from Arizona. Keller finished first overall in charting as well as the camp competitions. Keller is someone who has done consistently well at every event he attends. Preceding this event, he won the snapping competition at the National Underclassman Challenge in January, featuring the best class of 2014 specialists in the nation. Parisi finished second only to Keller in the charting portion of camp and excelled during drill work evaluations. Both snappers are viewed as division 1 prospects.
Pictured Above: The Kohl's Snapping Division, lead by Coach Kevin Garvoille (Middle Right)
Turner Bernard and Nick Maxey also snapped well charting 39 out of a possible 45 points during the charting session of camp.
Curtis Billen is also a notable snapper from the the Western Showcase Camp. With one of the fastest average snap times seen at a Kohl's Snapping Showcase, Billen put up a .65 second average snap time during the charting session.
The Western Showcase Camp was a great start to the 2013 Spring Showcase Camp Tour showing some great performances with prospects that should do well at the next level of football.
Full Results: Charting Results for the Western Showcase