Troy Van Blarcom (6-3, 200, 4.8) from Orange (Calif.) Lutheran quite possibly could be the nation’s number one place-kicker. When you peruse his stats there is no doubt that he has one of the strongest legs coast-to-coast.
Van Blarcom proved that there is dynamite in his kicking leg. Out of 74 kickoffs, 74 were 60 yards or better, 31 of his kickoffs were 70 yards or better.
Now that is quite a weapon. That means 60 of his kicks ended up making the opposition start at the 20. Van Blarcom’s average kickoff was 67 yards.
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Van Blarcom was 62 out 63 on PAT’s and hit on six field goals out of nine attempts with a long of 45 yards. He was selected all-CIF, all-county and second-team all-state for his junior season performance.
The scouting report on Van Blarcom is he has thunder in his leg and good accuracy. Many consider him the best kicker in the country.
Van Blarcom has hit a 65 yard field goal in practice.
“Troy is awesome,” former UCLA All-American kicker/punter now kicking guru Chris Sailer said. “He’s a great kicker and great kid.”
“I think he’s one of the very best underclassmen kickers in the country without a doubt,” Sailer said. “Just ask any special teams coach in the country that saw him kick at the competition.”
High praise indeed.
Sailer isn’t the only one impressed with Van Blarcom. He is getting an abundance of mail from schools all over the nation. USC, Alabama, Notre Dame and Wisconsin have been writing him the most.
In a somewhat fitting manner, given his first name of Troy, USC is Van Blarcom’s early favorite.
Van Blarcom could be one of those very few kickers who get early offers.