Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Payton Fluckey Commitment - Connections via the Cornhusker State



Two out of the past three years I've been playing professional football for the Omaha Nighthawks in Nebraska. Over this time, I came into contact with two people that I'd like to mention specifically.
Dr. Marshall Jacobs- a chiropractor and sports training consultant, and now long-time friend, &
Kevin Kennedy- former caddie on tour and current school teacher, and now long-time friend.
 These guys made my stay in Omaha very enjoyable and always made me feel welcome. Without football, I would have never met these guys. Whenever I am in town, I know I have someone to call to meet for drinks, food, or to swing the clubs around!

Payton Fluckey-
I met Payton Fluckey thru a mutual friend, Jeff Budin, from Papillion, NE. I received a call from Jeff informing me about a kicker in the area that had a phenomenal leg and was hitting 50+ yarders (in games!) as a junior. I talked with Payton and convinced him to come to Kansas City for our Winter College-Prep Showcase. I'm sure Payton didn't feel did his best at the competition, however, he showed on film that he had a HUGE leg and that he could make excellent ball contact. It's not always about makes and misses at our Showcases (well, it is if you want to be crowned our champion!), but, what is most important is the quality of the film you produce. With the help of this film, Payton was given some opportunities to play college level football. We are proud to announce Payton has chosen to continue playing football at the University of Nebraska - Kearney!

KCK: How did you initially come in contact with the school you’ve committed to?
PF: One of my football coaches had told me that Nebraska-Kearney  needed a kicker, had watched my film, and that they were interested in me.
KCK: What was the deciding factor in your commitment?
PF: I really liked the football program, but the academic side of the university put it over the top.

KCK: How did KCK play a role in your recruiting process?
PF: I learned a lot of good pointers at the College-Prep Showcase when it came to recruiting and it was a confidences booster going into the next level.

KCK: Were there any notable challenges you had to overcome before your commitment?
PF: I had to decide if I was going to be okay with just kicking, which I really enjoy or playing a different position at a different school.

KCK: What are you most looking forward to as your career progresses from High School football to College football?
PF: I am looking forward most to contributing to my team and making big plays when it counts.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Reid Sangster Commitment – Choosing a new path



Reid Sangster and a friend contacted KCKicking towards the end of their senior football season. They were both looking to make the travel from Colorado to Kansas City in order to compete in the College-Prep Showcase, and ultimately get a rating and ranking to help gain some college recruiting exposure. Below takes a look at Reid's path from soccer, to football player, to collegiate kicker.




KCK: What athletic awards/honors have you received in your HS career?
 2012 Winter College-Prep Showcase
RS: First team all conference in soccer.  Second team all conference in the Super 6 conference for kicking.

KCK: Were you in contact with any other schools?
RS: In addition to CMU I was talking with Trinity University in Texas as well as Fort Lewis College.

KCK: What was the deciding factor in your commitment?
RS: They have nice facilities, they are on the rise in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, and I have a chance to start as a freshman.

KCK: How did KCK play a role in your recruiting process?
RS: They helped me get exposure and realize my true potential.  When I went to the showcase in December I had only been kicking for about 4 months and they helped me a ton.

KCK: Did you receive kick instruction from anyone in particular?
RS: Jeff was very helpful and he showed me how to improve my swing motion as well as remembering to keep my head down.

KCK: Were there any notable challenges you had to overcome before your commitment?
RS: I had to decide if I should continue on and play collegiate soccer or if I should focus on trying to kick at the next level.  In the end I decided kicking for many reasons but I will always love and play soccer.

KCK: What are you most looking forward to as your career goes from High School football to Collegiate football?
RS: Being able to say I am a part of something bigger than just being a student. I am also excited to use the nicer facilities and kick in front of even bigger crowds.



Brock Skow commitment: Signing with National Champs



Brock traveled down to Kansas City from his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to participate in our Winter College-Prep Showcase (held Dec. 2nd, 2012). Before coming to KC, Brock had never worked with KCKicking. After putting on a solid performance at the Showcase, Brock was rated as a 4.5 star punter and was ranked 6th overall in the 2013 recruiting class. It was a pleasure to work with Brock, even though for only a short amount of time, and we're excited for what lies ahead for him at Iowa Western! 


KCK: What athletic awards/honors have you received in your HS career?
BS: 2nd team all state (2012), 2nd all time school punting average and 2nd longest punt. Special teams player of the year (Team).



KCK: Were you in contact with any other schools?
BS: Yes, Drake, Upper Iowa, Southwest Minnesota State, and talked to Iowa State about walking on next season.

KCK: What was the deciding factor in your commitment?
BS: I didn’t get any big offers and going to Iowa Western will give me the best opportunity to make it to the next level.

KCK: How did KCK play a role in your recruiting process?
BS: They ran a great showcase and put together a good highlight film of my performance.


KCK: Did you receive kick instruction from anyone in particular?
BS: Greg Montgomery is my personal punting coach and the coaches at KCKicking's Winter Showcase helped me out too.

KCK: What are you most looking forward to as your career progresses from High School football to College football?
BS: I am looking forward to helping Iowa Western defend their national championship. Also getting the opportunity to play with a lot of talented guys, and the chance to play at a higher level.
Signing National Letter of Intent papers.



Andrew Fishel Commitment- Earning an education


Andrew Fishel has worked with KCKicking for over two years. He has attended multiple College-Prep Showcases as well as instructional camps and private lessons. We've seen Andrew develop from a young kicker to a solid college prospect. We've enjoyed our time working with Andrew and are very proud to announce he has committed to Lincoln University with a substantial athletic scholarship! Read about Andrew's path to success.


KCK: What athletic awards/honors have you received in your HS career?
AF: All conference kicker (So.).   
Honorable mention all conference kicker (Sr.)  

KCK: How did you initially come in contact with the school you’ve committed to?
AF: They visited my school and showed interest in me after watching my film on Hudl.  

KCK: What was the deciding factor in your commitment?
AF: Lincoln University offered the largest financial aid package of the schools I was interested in and I also wanted to go somewhere that I could benefit the team and make them better.
 

KCK: How did KCK play a role in your recruiting process?
AF: They helped me out by not only improving my technique, but improving my accuracy on field goals and hang time on kick offs.
 

KCK: Did you receive kick instruction from any one in particular?
AF: Yes, I have recently worked with KCKicking coach Brooks Rossman.
 

KCK: What are you most looking forward to as your career progresses from High School football to College football?
AF: I am looking forward to getting the team out of difficult situations when they need someone to come through for them.  When they need a field goal to tie or win the game I am ready to be there and make that field goal!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Elliot Cockrum: Boomer Sooner



                KCKicking 5-star prospect Elliot Cockrum made the first steps in a long journey by committing to the University of Oklahoma this month.  Elliot would have never been able to make these steps without his determination and love for the game.  Early into his senior season, Elliot tore his quadriceps muscle.  Thought to be a career ending injury, he would recover and convert 92.8% of his PATs for the Choctaw High Yellowjackets (OK), as well as put on a top-notch performance at KCK’s Winter College-Prep Showcase in Overland Park, KS on December 2nd, 2012. We had the chance to ask Elliot a few questions regarding his high school experience, as well as gather his thoughts on his future endeavors at Oklahoma.

KCK:   How did you get into kicking, and who, or what inspired you?
EC:  I got into kicking in junior high during my 7th grade year.  All of the football coaches knew I played soccer and asked me to come out because they needed a kicker.  I had looked up to guys like David Akers, and thought why not try it out, and I grew to love it.

KCK:  What other schools were you in contact with?
EC:  I was in contact with a few other schools, such as Oklahoma State University, Texas Christian University, East Central University and Northwestern Oklahoma State.

Elliot at the 2012 College-Prep Showcase
KCK: What role did KCKicking play in your recruitment?
EC:  KCKicking played a HUGE role into my recruiting process.  I was hurt a lot my senior year, and when I was healthy I wasn't able to kick many field goals in games.  KCK allowed me to showcase my talents on film, [they] also allowed me to get a ranking and rating amongst other kickers in my class.  Those three things played a huge role in being recruited.

KCK:  What ultimately influenced your final decision that Oklahoma was where you wanted to play and attend school?
EC:  The main thing that influenced me to pick the University of Oklahoma over the other schools was because I grew up rooting for them and their football tradition is one of the best.  I felt like I had a chance to be successful there.  Another main reason is the school and campus is one of the best in the country and just felt like home.

KCK:  What are you most looking forward to as you join the Sooners?
EC:   There are many things I look forward to in joining the team, but mostly just getting in there and fighting for a starting job at one of the top football teams in the nation.

            There is no doubt that Elliot will be a fine addition to Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma football team. The KCKicking family would like to wish Elliot the best of luck in the future.
            To stay up-to-date on all future commitments, as well as all things KCKicking, follow us on here and @KCKicking on Twitter.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Spring Internship


Spring Internship - KCKicking, LLC

KCKicking, LLC provides football kicking and punting related services to high school aged kids through instructional camps, showcases and private lessons. KCKicking also provides college recruiting consultation and assists with matching college football programs with prospects from its prospect database. KCKicking is looking for a spring intern to work with our team for 10 hours per week, for 16 weeks, starting in January 2013. The intern will primarily support the social media campaigns, help expand the prospect database and assist with the planning of the spring showcase tour. The intern will work from their home. It is preferred you live in the Kansas City area, but it is not a determining factor. This is both a paid and non-paid internship. Some of the assigned tasks will be for pay and some other tasks won't be for pay. Applicants must submit resumes to jeff@kckicking.com by January 11th, 2013. On the cover letter, please express why you'd like to be considered for this position. Also, please outline your strengths, technical skills, personal hobbies and interests. 


Job Description:
- Assist with event planning and social media efforts. 
- Create videos according to detailed production instructions
- Assist with the development of various articles, blogs, & presentations.
- Assist with additional administrative duties as they are assigned.

Qualifications:
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
- Typing and data entry skills required
- Social Media experience (Twitter, Facebook, You Tube)
- Adobe Photoshop knowledge is a plus

Requirements:
- High School Junior or Senior
- Available for travel from April 5th-7th (Dallas) and April 13th-14th (Kansas City)
- HS GPA above 3.0
- Knowledge of High School and College level football
- Strong verbal, writing and editing skills
- Strong communication skills and a high degree of professionalism
- Must be detail oriented
- Flexibility with work hours and ability to work independently

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Zach Decker off to a HOT START!

One of KCK's top prospects for the class of 2013 has had a major impact in many of his games this season. Read more about Zach, and his 52 yard field goal, view the article published in his hometown area.
http://bit.ly/oBgKWZ