If you’ve noticed over the past few years, kickers and punters have been getting some spotlight like never before.
With long snappers being draft to kickers and punters being a factor at every level, the attention continues become greater.
With showcase events and the spotlight shining on so many gifted athletes.
As we continue to do – throughout this off-season is build our database so the thousands of college coaches who follow us – will be about to see accurate player information.
THE ELITE GRAB THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
There is no hiding the fact that kickers and punters in the state of Florida – south Florida in particular – are being looked at more than ever.
This Class of 2022 is truly loaded – led by the nation’s top kicking prospect, Will Bettridge from Miami Gulliver Prep. On his way to the University of Virginia, he is indeed the blueprint for a student/athlete – with high grades, playing multiple (basketball, baseball) sports and being someone who was never afraid of competition.
While Bettridge has received plenty of exposure, the south Florida area – with amazing coaching – has really taken a huge step up.
Prospects such as Class of 2022 head-turners Jayden John (K/P, Miami Central), who has been a huge boost for the two-time defending state champions, and impressive Luis Palanzuela (K/P, Miami Christopher Columbus), an impact specialist that has been making headlines at events everywhere.
In addition, this 2022 group also includes GianCarlo Abbate (K/P, Miami Northwestern), Zachary Alvarez (K/P, Miami Monsignor Pace), Danny Diaz (K/P, Miami Killian), Alessandro Di Clemente (K, Miami Carol City), Dean Gordon (K/P, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest) and two-time state champion kicker Eathan Moncada (Hialeah Champagnat Catholic).
There are other 2022 specialists to watch as well:
Matt Ahmed, K/P, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian
Adrien Alfieri, K/P, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
Jack Bandy, K, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy
Liam Burge, K, Miami Palmetto
Steven Calderon, K/P, Homestead
Caleb Carlson, K, Miami Ransom Everglades
Jacob Gonzalez, K, Pembroke Pines West Broward
Richie Maston, K, Coral Springs Charter
Kevin Mendez, P, Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest
Edward Moreno, K, Homestead South Dade
Julian Ramirez, K, Plantation American Heritage
Cole Schmidt, P, Miami Palmetto
Zachary Tolerico, K, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
UNDERCLASSMEN WILL ALSO BE WORTH WATCHING
As gifted as the senior class is – the kickers and punters in 2023, 2024 and 2025 are also putting themselves on the map – with fast-rising Samir Atassi (K, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna), Jeffrey Hernandez (K/P, Coconut Creek) and impressive Christian Silverstein (P/K Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons).
The Class of 2023 also has some others to keep an eye on:
Andres Amaya, K/P. Doral Ronald Reagan
Nicholas Caballero, PK, Miami Christopher Columbus
Aidan Martinez, K, Miami Norland
Allen Rowe, K, Miami Christopher Columbus
Jarquez Velasquez, K/P, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan
The Class of 2024 has Somerset Academy South Homestead rising kicker/punter Gabriel Perez, who has shown to be one of the bright future stars. There is also Andrew Abu-Akel (K/P, Miami Killian), Robert Czeremcha (K, Miami Christopher Columbus), impressive and talented Kristian Hobbs (K/P, Davie Western), TRU Prep Academy/USchool transfer Alon Kochav (K/P, Plantation American Heritage), George Stringos (K/P, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons) and Claiten Maysonet (K, Homestead Somerset Academy Silver Palms) – as well as Class of 2025 freshman Lucas Avino (K, Miami Belen Jesuit).
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