Kickers are often hard to rank because they are such a specialized position. But people down South tend to think that Griffin (Ga.) Spalding kicker Brett Upson is one of the nation's best. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder has a cannon for a leg and is getting looks from some of the nation's top programs.
"I grew up with Kevin Butler," his coach Kirk Hoffmann said. "And he's as good as Butler was in high school – if not already better. He does it all He kicks, he punts and he was the special teams player of the year in the state as a sophomore."
Upson's versatility is something that makes him special.
"He punts the ball with great hang-time," Hoffmann said. "He's also connected on a 51-yard field goal this year. He's now nailed field goals of 42, 48 and just missed from 61 this year. The 61-yarder was just wide, and he's doing all of this after kicking off an 1-inch tee.
"He's also nailing his kickoffs 5-yards deep in the end zone. All of them this year have been 5-yards or deeper in the end zone this year. He's got a rocket for a leg."
Clemson and LSU appeared to be the teams most interested in him early on, however, Clemson decided to offer an in-state kicker and LSU is still evaluating him.
"Most of the MAC schools are begging him to sign," his coach said. "Bowling Green thinks he's something special. Alabama is really high on him, and Tennessee has been knocking on the door for him. There isn't a better kicker in the state."