Baxter: Two Midlands kickers have a leg up

04/06/2014 10:39 PM

04/06/2014 10:49 PM

THE FINAL positions in our 2015 breakdown are kickers and punters. I’ve got three remaining sessions with the kickers, so this ranking could change before’s Top 100 Players release.

1. Jud Smith, 5-9, 160, Blythewood

Strong legged kicker who will handle all duties for the Bengals this year. He has a strong leg and is kicking off the ground. Strikes the ball well, can kick from both hashes and gets the ball in the air quickly. Excellent mechanics.

2. Tyler Bass, 5-10, 150, Dutch Fork

Powerful leg and, like Smith, targets well from any placement on field. Has demonstrated ability to kick off the ground and is using 1-inch tee in camp.

3. Tyler Tekac, 6-0, 160, Stratford

Strong leg with good accuracy. Very athletic. Gets good height on ball and gets ball up quickly.

4. Luke Carter, 6-1, 220, Wilson

Strong athlete with a lot of leg power. Very strong on kickoffs. Can kick through the end zone and places ball well.

5. Jon-Michael Kubu, 5-11, 155, T.L. Hanna

Consistent in his mechanics and strikes the ball well. Places ball well in his kicks but I have not had a chance to evaluate his power.

6. Joseph Charlton, 6-0, 160, A.C. Flora

Good form, consistent in approach and mechanics and has good power.

Midlands Standouts

That completes the top ten at each position for the Class of 2015. Now, here are some players to watch from the Midlands who could be inside the Top 100.

Manny Banks, WR, 5-11, 175, Irmo

Manny impressed me in camp this offseason with excellent route running, explosive transition and very good hands. Will be an asset to the Yellow Jackets’ offense.

Romello Cook, WR, 6-0 1/2, 160, Brookland-Cayce

Cook is a long bodied athlete with a very good physical skill set. He’s very raw at the receiver position but is a natural athlete with good hands.

Colt Bedenbaugh, OL, 6-3, 285, Pelion

Explosive big man, Bedenbaugh is quick on his feet for a big guy, uses his hands well and holds his blocks. Comes out a little high but he’s very dominating at his level. Easily in the top 15 to 20 linemen in the state.

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