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August 3, 2007

Category rankings: Kickers

The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country to come up with the most extensive and accurate prospect rankings and evaluations you will find. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

In the final installment of the position category rankings, it is the kickers' turn to go under the microscope. Chris Sailer of Chris Sailer Kicking gives his thoughts on the strongest legs and most accurate kickers in the nation.

Kicker rankings: Strongest leg | Most accurate

Strongest Leg
Chris Sailer's take: "Tucker is one of the best young kickers that we have ever seen. He has a huge leg, incredible lift, and top notch kickoffs. Quinn is a simply the best young kicker around. He has a great leg and gets the ball up quick. Kicks off the ground effortlessly. Locke is No. 1 combination Player in the country (K/P). Walsh has a tremendous leg. One of the best natural kickers that we have ever seen. Asack is a great looking athlete with endless potential."

1. Justin Tucker, 6-1, 172, Austin (Texas) Westlake Tucker highlights
2. Quinn Sharp, 6-1, 185, Mansfield (Texas) Mansfield Summit
3. Jeff Locke, 6-1, 185, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Ridge
4. Blair Walsh, 5-10, 163, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons Walsh highlights
5. Paul Asack, 6-2, 205, Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers Asack highlights
Most Accurate
Chris Sailer's take: Sharp is most fundamentally sound kicker that we have seen in years. Wiggs has great form and kicks with ease off the ground. He also has great mental toughness. Bullock has a powerful leg, gets great height on his ball and is deadly accurate. Rose has all the tools. Walsh is also deadly accurate.

1. Quinn Sharp, 6-1, 185, Mansfield (Texas) Mansfield Summit
2. Carson Wiggs, 6-0, 180, Grand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie
3. Randy Bullock, 5-9, 215, Klein (Texas) Bullock highlights
4. Bryson Rose, 6-0, 170, Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield
5. Blair Walsh, 5-10, 163, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons Walsh highlights

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