LOS ANGELES - The country's top kicker prospects are in Los Angeles to participate in the prestigious invite-only Chris Sailer Kicking "TOP 12" Camp. The three-day camp brings the top specialists in the nation all to one location to learn and compete and the talent this year's event might be the best ever.
The focus on Day 1 was on field goals, punting and long snapping.
Field Goals: Ross Martin (2012 - Ohio) and Brady Stuart (2011 - Calif.) stepped up to win the competitions. Other standouts included USC commit Andre Heidari (2011 - Calif.), Mike Bowlin (2011 - JUCO - Calif.), Matt Goudis (2011 - Calif.), Alex Mueller (2012 - Texas) and Garrett Owens (2012 - Calif.).
Punting: Dalton Botts (2011 - JUCO - Calif.) was by far the standout punter. He left no doubt that he should be the next national punter to be offered a scholarship. University of Florida commit Kyle Christy (2011 - Ind.) and Duke University commit Will Monday (2011 - Ga.) were also impressive. Ian Campbell (2011 - JUCO - Calif.) showed why he is one of the top junior college punters in America.
Long Snapping: Dallas Noriega clearly showed why he is the No. 1 long snapper in the country. He has good size and runs well for his size. His snap is quick and he blocks very well. Scott Thompson, Zach Ewan and Tanner Gibas also stood out.
Other long snappers that really shined were Bryce Haynes of Georgia, Samuel Rodgers of Pennsylvania, Harrison Elliott of Georgia, Matthew Wilkinson of Florida, Rick Lovato of New Jersey and John Sheperdson and Alex Den Bleyker of California. Class of 2012 long snapper Reid Ferguson left no doubt he is the tops in his class.
The second session will focus in on kickoffs, punting for the combo players and long snapping. Some of the players to keep an eye on include Connor Loftus (2011 - Calif.) and Adam Griffith (2012 - Ga.) on kickoffs. Alex Howell (2011 - S.C.) and Bradley Pinion (2012 - N.C.) should show well as combo players on the punting side. And look for JJ Drescher (2011 - Texas) to perform well in the long snapping drills.