The National Camp Series (NCS) Kicking Camp in San Antonio, TX, Showcased Strong Special Teams Talent for College Recruiting According to Former NFL Kicker Michael Husted

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The National Camp Series (NCS) kicking camp held on November 6th, 2011, in San Antonio, TX, featured talented kickers, punters and long snappers seeking college exposure using the KIX (Kicking IndeX) Player Index Rating and professional instruction by former Arena Football kicker Nick Gatto.

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This event was a great platform to see those who will be playing in college next year as well as seeing the future stars of tomorrow.

It was a cloudy day with temperatures in the mid-60’s and light variable winds that provided several kickers, punters and long snappers to take advantage on the National Camp Series' (NCS) newly launched Kicking IndeX, known as the KIX Player Rating System.

The NCS event, hosted by Coach Nick Gatto of 4th and 10 Kicking and Punting, drew some of the area's best college prospects to compete with each-other.

More importantly, players had the opportunity to see where they ranked with other kickers, punters and long snappers from across the nation utilizing the National Camp Series' (NCS) KIX Rating System.

Gatto, says he was thrilled with the turnout which gave valuable kicking and competitive experience to the aspiring student-athletes.

On the field, Blayne Sells (2012) from East Central High School (TX) impressed with a perfect showing on field goals, hitting all 10 attempts with a long of 52 yards off the ground.

Sells had a very solid kickoff performance with his best kick traveling 69 yards with a 3.7 second hang time. His best punt carried 55 yards with a 4.57 second hang time, which is definitely college caliber.

“Sells has a great, strong leg and strong work ethic. He will be a great addition to any college program and is still flying under the radar,” Gatto stated.

A 2013 prospect, Matt McCrane of Brownwood High School (TX) connected on 9 of 10 attempts with a long of 52 yards. McCrane’s kick offs were very solid with his best kickoff hanging the air for 3.91 seconds covering 69 yards.

“Matt is a solid 2013 kicking prospect with a good frame, good leg, and poise. He is very strong and gets great distance on his kickoffs. He will make a great college guy and will do great things for whoever picks him up," Gatto added.

Positive results came from the four deep snappers who attended the event as well. According to Gatto, Matt Asvestas from Churchill High School (TX) showed great control and promise. He has great size and athletic ability which will will make him a great college deep snapper. In the underclassman were two deep snappers to keep an eye on over the next two years. Showing how the position has progressed and is very specialized now, there was even a long snapper who is in 8th grade.

Gatto said overall the kickers, punters, and deep snappers from the San Antonio area were very impressive. "They showed great potential and we are looking forward to seeing them compete over the next few years in high school and at the next level," said Gatto.

Many players in the younger classes are starting to show promise and it will be exciting to follow them in the future. Gatto commented that, "This event was a great platform to see those who will be playing in college next year as well as seeing the future stars of tomorrow."

Gatto says the he will be hosting several NCS regional events in Houston and San Antonio over the next year. He said this will provide more opportunities for high school kickers, punters and long snappers to attend so they can be listed in the NCS KIX system and see how they stack up nationally.

For more information about these events and the NCS KIX system go to the NCS website.

For more info on 4th and 10 Kicking and Punting or Coach Gatto, visit 4th and 10 Kicking and Punting.

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