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19 Apr

GPA 18 KICKING CLINIC/ONE ON ONE KICKING CAMP

Date: June 5,6 2018
Where: Kamehameha High School, 210 Konia Cir, Honolulu HI
Register: Gpashowcasehawaii.com

TUESDAY JUNE 5

11:00-12:00 PM REGISTRATION -SPECIALISTS: KICKERS / PUNTERS/ LONG SNAPPERS
12:00-2:30 CLINIC: SPECIALISTS: KICKERS,PUNTERS, LONG SNAPPERS
2:30-3:30 CLASSROOM: ONE ON ONE KICKING
3:30 :4:45 EDUCATION FIRST ( with parents): SCHOLARSHIPS/ FINANCIAL AID
4:45 SNACK FOR SPECIALISTS

JUNE 6 WEDNESDAY

SPECIALIST ONE ON ONE KICKING CLINIC

12:00-2:30 CLINIC
2:30-2:45 AWARDS
2:45 SNACK

Our own Coaches Brian Egan, Will Coggans, and Tim Grasso will at the clinic with you.

GPA Showcase Hawaii keeps working for you well after the showcase is over though its network of coaches on the mainland.

It is the only high school showcase/game that pays to have the top college football coaches (every level except DI – who is not allowed to attend showcases) who offer scholarships, financial aid and grants to Hawaii Student/Athletes.

  • Only high school football event that will make recommendations to college coaches following the event.
  • Only high school football event that is connected to an All-Hawaii All-Star game that brings in college coaches to evaluate talent.
  • Only high school football event whose coaching staff is filled with former top level college and NFL players.
  • Only high school football event that is endorsed by Marcus Mariota and his Motiv8 Foundation.
  • Only high school football event that is sponsored by Nike, Riddell, Powerade, Coke.
    Last year’s Showcase generated 200 financial aid and scholarship offers totaling over $5 million with 42 coaches/school in attendance.
  • This year, the Showcase will have 60-70 college coaches in attendance to generate more than $7 million in financial aid/scholarship offers.
  • Only Hawaii high school football event that is run by partnership of football professionals with more than 50 years combined NFL, College Coaching, NFL Marketing, College Marketing and player representation experience.

GPA Showcase is run by a 11 year NFL Veteran and former college football coach who has over 25 years of experience in football marketing at NFL and college levels and Manning Passing Academy, operations, game management and representing players like Marcus Mariota, DeForest Buckner and Ma`ake Kemoeatu.

06 Jul

From Junior College Soccer to Alabama Football in Just Months, Eddy Pineiro Commits

By: Zach Harig

Soccer and football work together when it comes to kickers on the gridiron but North Miami native, Eddy Pineiro, is one of the best to make the switch so quickly. After attending Miami Sunset Senior High School, Pineiro had his heart set on attending ASA Junior College in Miami to play soccer. However, those plans quickly changed once he began kicking footballs instead. Quickly on the rise, Pineiro began seeking training from kicking companies such as One On One Kicking and their kicking & punting technique specialist Jesse Ohliger, who is also the director of One On One’s Miami Division.

“Training with Jesse is a lot of fun and he’s a tremendous coach. He teaches you about the body and how to prevent from being injured, and even though I haven’t been with him for very long, I’ve learned quite a bit,” Pineiro stated.

In fact, Pineiro is extremely new to One On One Kicking and kicking training in general. “I began training with One On One Kicking about two months ago and they’ve already made a few differences. Right away, Coach Ohliger saw that I ‘crunch’ sometimes when I kick, so he worked with me on my arm movement and positioning, that’s made a big difference already,” Pineiro said.

“I’ve gone a different route with Eddy,” Ohliger stated on training Pineiro, “I didn’t teach him his leg strength, he’s had that. I didn’t want to change his form, but I wanted to educate him on how to safely make the transition between soccer and football and the proper technique. Coming from soccer, you can usually mash the ball but after time you can wear down from bad technique,” said Ohliger.

Despite the training and learning from One On One Kicking, Pineiro already possessed the raw talent and ability that all kickers need once he arrived for coaching. The leg strength and kicking accuracy quickly made Pineiro one of the top prospects in the country. Pineiro quickly received an invite to an Alabama camp that included thirty of the top kickers in the nation, most that have been kicking for several years.

Rather than the experienced big names, it was Pineiro turning heads – including the head of Alabama head coach, Nick Saban. Pineiro struck twelve kickoffs during the camp, all of which were over eighty yards, including an eighty-six yard kickoff which was the longest of the day. Pineiro quickly found himself surrounded by the Alabama coaching staff and was given a campus tour before heading back to Miami.

“I learned a lot about myself at the Alabama camp,” Pineiro said, “I got to compare myself to the best kickers in the country and I realized that I handle pressure really well.”

Following his visit as he returned back to Miami, Pineiro and his father received a phone call from Tuscaloosa, which resulted in Nick Saban offering him a full scholarship.

Rather than waiting, Pineiro decided to jump at the opportunity. “I don’t want to say I was surprised that the offer came, but I was extremely happy when it did,” Pineiro stated, “I wanted to take the opportunity when it presented itself. I truly fell in love with the facility, coaches, environment, and tradition at Alabama, and that’s what really made me love it.”

After accepting the scholarship from Alabama, Pineiro also received an offer from Georgia, another SEC offer for one of the best in the country.

“Eddy is the best JUCO kicker in the country, hands down,” said One On One Kicking founder, Mike McCabe, “He’s so strong and very athletic. Eddy has a NFL leg and is extremely determined; we just have to concentrate on his timing.”

Pineiro’s training with One On One Kicking hasn’t just payed off for Pineiro, but it’s given his technique specialist, Jesse Ohliger some moments of disbelief as well. “Eddy does things every day that make you question if it just happened,” Ohliger said, “If Eddy isn’t the strongest field goal kicking wise in the country; he’s within the top three. He kicked a 55-yarder one day while training and ended up breaking the net, that may be a coincidence, but he’s incredible.”

In fact, Pineiro is so incredible that he found himself on national television after a 72-yard field goal. SportsCenter showed video of Pineiro crushing a ball with ease from 72-yards out, something that NFL kickers struggle to do, which caused the video to go viral.

From One On One Kicking founder, Mike McCabe, to coach Jesse Ohliger, everyone is quite high on the future of Eddy Pineiro. With the ‘NFL leg’ of Pineiro and the proper training from Ohliger and One On One Kicking, Alabama is getting one of the top (if not the top) kickers in the country.

02 Jun

2015 One On One Kicking Adidas Invitational Recap

Kickers & Punters

 

A month ago we had our One On One Kicking Adidas Invitational. A huge hit for everyone involved, we had the opportunity to see many stand-out specialists from the Class of 2016 to 2018 attend the event. The weekend provided several different avenues for the specialists to showcase all their skills, as our players participated in a charting session along with various other competitions.

 

The charting portion of the invitational contained outstanding performances from many specialists, with the top 16 participants moving on to the #Xceptional8 Bracket Competition for both kicking and punting. The new format provided an opportunity for specialists to go head to head with the eyes of the entire camp upon them; in the event of a tie breaker on points, the tie breaker was determined by longest field goal made in the charting. If a tie remained, the winner was determined based on the “accuracy points” from the made field goal. And several specialists did not fail to disappoint in their performances.

 

The charting session provided a glimpse of many standout Class of 2016 kickers looking more than ready to attack a Division 1 future. Both Alex Barbir and Colin Douglas had standout performances, charting with the most points. Barbir, in particular, is already getting a lot of serious attention from FBS schools and is only increasing his level of exposure to top tier programs. Along with Barbir, we got to see three of the Top 10 Kickers in the country chart as well. AJ Reed, Mitchell Wasson, and Sage Ledbetter all did very well at the Invitational, showing why they can compete at the highest of levels. We will be seeing plenty of FBS Offers coming their way this year. Additionally, one of the top kickers in the Northeast, Josh Wood came down to Atlanta to showcase his skills and did not disappoint, showing why he has the ability to play football at the Division 1 level. We also had the opportunity to watch two extremely smooth kickers, Matt Mosquera and Nick Null, showcase why they are some of the most consistent field goal specialists in the country. Both showed excellent form and were extremely accurate during the competition. Larry Eimer and Brendan Feehan looked great and performed exceptionally well in our charting session. Both showing great consistency and great height on the ball—yet another group of kickers who showed Division 1 potential. Other notable Class of 2016 Kickers who showed the ability to perform at the Division 1 level were Trey Simon, Julius Duarte, Chris Saunier, Asa Alexander, Barry Brown, Nick Maldarella, and Parker Holland. We had three Class of 2017 kickers who are already showing signs of a Division 1 leg. Josh Grant, Mason Dillard, and Kenny Doak all did a phenomenal job in our charting session and showed why they can be one of the best in the country in their class. We look forward to seeing their progression over the next year. The Class of 2018 specialists showed a handful of future Division 1 talent. Jake Camarda, Even McPherson, Bryant DeFelice, & Steven Martinez showed us they have a very bright future and are a group of specialists you may get to watch on Saturdays.

 

After tremendous performances from many players during the charting session, we then tallied up the scores and had our #Xceptional8 Bracket Competition. Again, we picked the top 16 in the charting and organized our head to head showcase. The first rounds of winners determined who would make the #Xceptional8 group. The #Xceptional8, after a competitive and thrilling competition, consisted of AJ Reed, Alex Barbir, Nick Null, Josh Wood, Larry Eimer, Parker Holland, Josh Grant, and Julius Duarte. Finally, our winner of the competition was Larry Eimer from New Jersey. Eimer performed very well the whole competition, showing us his accuracy as well as strength. He put on a very impressive performance, winning a hard fought battle in the final round against Nick Null (who would also have been a worthy winner due to his consistency and power).

 

Moving on from the field goal competition, kickoff charting allowed for some of the most powerful legs in the country to go to work. Mitchell Wasson, and Alex Barbir separated themselves from the pack in the kickoff charting. We had the opportunity to watch both kickers consistently put the ball over 70 yards with over 4.0 hang time, with both showing why they have some of the strongest legs in the country. Other notable kickoff specialist that showed Division 1 kickoff talent were Parker Holland, Mason Dillard, Asa Alexander, Barry Brown, Justin Johnson, Colin Douglas, Brendan Feehan, Chris Saunier, Julius Duarte, Grant McKinnis, Sage Ledbetter, Nick Null, and Kenny Doak.

 

In addition to our bracket competition, all of the kickers could compete in a variety of different competitions. Our BIG BALL competition saw three winners from each class: Class of 2016 Alex Barbir, Class of 2017 Kenny Doak, and Class of 2018 Evan McPherson. Our BIG BALL kickoff competition also provided another way for our specialist to challenge each other. Alex Barbir won that competition, showing his big time leg and putting majority of his kickoffs out of the back of the endzone. Last and not least was the accuracy competition. In what was hands down one of the best accuracy competition performances any of our staff had seen from a kicker in a long time, AJ Reed absolutely dominated this competition starting from the 15 going all the way down to the -8 (8 Deep In Endzone) without a miss.

 

The punting side of our Invitational also allowed for talented players to showcase their skills, with a handful of punters showcasing Division 1 talent in Atlanta. We saw very good results from many during our charting session for punting, and we were also fortunate enough to watch a very impressive performance all weekend from one of the best combo specialists in the country, Grant McKinniss. McKinniss performed brilliantly, showing consistency of punts over 40 yards and hang times of 4.4 plus. Our staff was left with the impression that Grant has a very bright Division 1 future. Some other top performers: We saw some big punting legs from both Preston Knight and Jake Bovard. Each punter performed well during charting, and both have a strong future to play at a Division 1 University. Larry Eimer and Colin Douglas not only stood out in the field goal sessions, but also performed very well in the punting sessions. They both showed very good consistency and demonstrated collegiate level ability. Other Class of 2016 punters like Josh Wood, Paul Mokrzycki, Asa Alexander, Justin Johnson, & Jack O’Hanlon also gave fantastic performances in our punting competitions. O’Hanlon, who has been getting a lot of Ivy League attention, only reinforced his ability to go into the Ivy League and perform very well as a punter. We did see two Class of 2018 standout punters who will have a very bright future. Jake Camarda, and Evan McPherson were hanging with the older punters the whole time during the charting session, showing shocking strength and consistency for specialists their age.

 

In the same way as the kicking, after the charting session punters were able to compete in the #Xceptional8 Punting Bracket Competition and the Coffin Corner Competition. The Top 16 competed to make it to the #Xceptional8. The #Xceptional8 Punters were, Jake Camarda, Asa Alexander, Preston Knight, Austin Johnson, Mason Dillard, Larry Eimer, Jake Bovard, and Grant McKinniss. We saw a very competitive battle amongst everyone, with very small point margins between those who moved on and those who did not. Our winner of the #Xceptional8 Bracket Competition for punting was the aforementioned Grant McKinniss, who was impressive throughout the whole competition. He made it to the final round, just beating out Asa Alexander who, it should be noted, performed exceptionally well the whole time.

 

Overall, our staff walked away from the One On One Kicking Adidas Invitational feeling incredibly privileged to have been able to work with so many young kickers and punters who were able to put their talent on display. As a staff, we are optimistic about the futures of so many of these specialists and look forward to helping them in their journeys to become the best players they can be.

26 May

One On One Kicking & Coach Dick Seitz Continue Ohio State Pipeline

By: Zach Harig

The art of kicking and punting a football is one of the most underappreciated aspects in the sport of football. Kickers are called on in clutch moments to win games and punters are pressured to pin opponents deep in crunch time as well. Several coaches, players, and fans focus on the talent side of things in special teams, but the mental state is far more important for kickers and punters. For One On One Kicking’s Cincinnati division founder, Dick Seitz, the mental game is focused on before anything else.

“I wrote a book when I was a regular coach called, “Action to Excellence” and it’s just for my players, it isn’t on the market or anything but the first part of this book focuses on potential,” Seitz stated on his core values – not only as a punting and kicking coach, but as a human-being. “I believe many people don’t realize what their true potential can be in life and that begins with the subconscious mind. The subconscious brings about how we excel in life and what we accomplish but it can’t differentiate what happened five years ago or five seconds ago,” Seitz added, “That’s why you’ll see kickers and punters have bad days, it’s about how you bounce back from a bad kick. Some hang their heads and focus on it, but I tell my trainees to forget about it, clear your mind and get back out there.”

Aside from the mental focus, Coach Seitz and his trainees also focus on drill-work and fundamentals, “Coach Mike McCabe and all of One On One Kicking focuses on drill-work and fundamentals, we’re the same way,” Coach Seitz added, “Drill-work is absolutely essential and we also focus on that.”

The focus on the mental mindset combined with the fundamental training has led to extreme success for several of Coach Seitz’s trainees, including punter Drue Chrisman of Cincinnati LaSalle high school. Chrisman, a transfer from Lawrenceburg, Indiana after his freshman year of high school, saw the opportunity in Cincinnati not only for athletics, but for academics as well.

“We moved my freshman year because we saw it as an excellent educational route,” Chrisman stated on his relocation.

The move would pay off. Due to his athletic ability, Chrisman found himself playing quarterback at LaSalle high school. However, a nagging injury left him cautious towards a comeback at signal-caller, which led to a change to punting. As he began punting, Chrisman would attempt to look up Ray Guy YouTube videos and teach himself the art. That’s until one random day on a football field changed Chrisman’s training method forever.

“I met Drue last year actually by accident,” Coach Seitz recalled on his initial meeting with Chrisman, “I was working with some trainees on the field when Drue was walking towards me so I asked him if I was here to train with me,” Seitz stated. “He replied with a no and asked me who I was so I told him that I coach kickers and punters through One On One Kicking and he was interested. He ended up punting a few balls for me and we went over his weakness and strengths and some film of him punting.”

Drue Chrisman - Ohio State Commit

Drue Chrisman – Ohio State Commit

From there on, Coach Seitz and Chrisman would build an inseparable bond between coach and player. Now, after getting a few years of training under his belt, Chrisman received large amounts of college interest – but one school truly stood out. Once the Ohio State Buckeyes came calling and a visit was taken by Chrisman and his parents, the recruitment was over. Chrisman gave the 2015 National Champions his commitment in early May to join fellow One On One Kicking trainee, kicker Sean Nuernberger in Columbus.

“It’ll be great to be with Sean,” Chrisman stated following his commitment, “We’ve kicked together and I’ve trained with him so it’ll be nice to already know someone once I get there.”

From Coach Seitz’s perspective, it’s certainly surreal to have coached two Ohio State specialists. “To be honest with you, it’s pretty outstanding to see them both at Ohio State,” Seitz stated on his trainees, “Not because I’m their coach but because I’ve never really heard of two college kickers or punters being trained at the same high school or by the same person. Plus they’re both local and I really like that they’re close to home,” Seitz added.

Once Chrisman enrolls at Ohio State, the core of the Buckeye specialists will be trainees of One On One Kicking and Coach Dick Seitz, who prepares all of his trainees to be ready for any game situation.

“He’s a great coach with excellent credentials,” Chrisman said on Coach Seitz, “He focuses on the mindset aspect of things rather than the physical. Every session, about two of the three hours I’m with him will be focused on the mental side of things; I could train with him an entire day and only kick three balls.”

The mental focus during training with Seitz will prepare Chrisman for nearly any punt he will face, even in front of 100,000+ fans in Ohio Stadium. Without Coach Seitz, Chrisman says he would still be in front of a computer attempting to teach himself how to properly punt a football.

“I’d still be watching Ray Guy YouTube videos attempting to teach myself if I never had found One On One Kicking,” Chrisman laughed, “They’ve honestly been able to transform me and now I train six days a week.”

For Chrisman, the sky is the limit following his commitment to The Ohio State University. Chrisman will join Sean Nuernberger at Ohio State as the One On One Kicking trainees continue to invade Columbus. As Coach Seitz puts it, both Chrisman and Nuernberger are hard-working players with level heads on their shoulders.

Sean Nuernberger & Coach Seitz

Sean Nuernberger & Coach Seitz

“I would love to have Drue or Sean (Nuernberger) as a son,” Seitz laughed, “They’re both extremely hard-working kids with great heads on their shoulders. They both get good grades, and they’re very dedicated individuals.”

One On One Kicking

21 Apr

The 2015 Adidas Invitational was a HUGE success. We held multiple competitions for all the specialists to show off all there skills. We felt it was very important for all the kids to be able to show off there talents in different situations so they can all have different avenues to showcase their skills. We had the Bracket Competition, Accuracy Competition, BIG BALL Competition, and the Kickoff Competition.

But the one competition that all the kickers and punters wanted to win was our 1st ever BRACKET STYLE COMPETITION. This competition was very competitive and showcased a lot of talent. The kickers and punters both charted before the competition to see where they would place in the bracket. There were 16 spots to fill. Kickers with the most points made the bracket. Any tie breaker to make the bracket style competition was done by longest field goal kicked in the charting session before. Above you will see how the bracket was set up and how it played out. Kickers participating were held by certain rules during the competition. It was a one miss elimination. If you were a sophomore or freshman you could only use up to a one inch tee and nothing more. Any Juniors, Seniors, or JUCO kickers had to be off the ground. There was also a SNAP & HOLD for each kick to simulate a game situation. The first round saw kickers starting from the middle of the field at 35 Yards and moving back after each made there kick. The 2nd round started off on the 40 yard line and on the left hash. The third round saw the kickers start from the 45 right hash. Then the final round saw the two kickers start from the 45 left hash and then back and over to the right hash after the first set of kickers were made. Overall, it was very exciting, competitive, and a fun environment for the kickers. We would like to congratulate LARRY EIMER out of New Jersey on winning the 2015 Adidas Invitational Bracket Competition and we would like to congratulate the the #Xceptional8 group of kickers that made it to the second round of the bracket!! We will be posting the PUNTING BRACKET TOMORROW!

Larry Eimer

WINNER: LARRY EIMER


#Xceptional8 Kickers

#Xceptional8 Kickers: Josh Grant, Nick Null, AJ Reed, Alex Barbir, Julius Duarte, Parker Holland, Larry Eimer, & Josh Wood.

14 Apr

Atlanta Training Session Recap: April 12, 2015

Today’s Atlanta session was fantastic.  We had some guys hitting some very impressive balls out there despite some windy conditions at times.  Our structure for camp was slightly different than usual in light of our Invitational coming up within a few days.  Typically we will focus on one or two specific drills that are geared to ingrain a specific muscle memory into our guys for either punting, field goals, or kick offs, and then work in a few full steps to finish off camp.  Camp on Sunday was spent doing much more full step and live snap to kicking for all three phases so our guys could get some last minute work in on each in preparation for next weekend’s event.  A few guys stood out early in our punting phase of camp.  Perhaps the most impressive punting performance of the day came from 2018 kicker/punter Jake Carmada.  Jake is a big Freshman at 6’2, 185 lbs, and has an exceptional leg to boot.  Jake’s overall form and commitment to his technique since he started training a few months ago has allowed him to compete with guys three and four years older than him.  He hit multiple punts of over 50 yards with 4.5 second hang during our live snap and kick period.  Jake should be one of the top ranked guys in the nation over the next few years if he continues to work hard.  Blake Gillikan, ESPN’s 4th ranked punter in the class of 2016, was impressive as usual.  Blake is coming off of soccer season for his high school, so it was good to see he hasn’t lost much consistency with his drop and his steps.  2017 kicker/punter Martin Rodriguez really made some good strides with his drop during camp.  We worked with Martin to get his ball moving flat out from his body and ‘floating’ vs. dropping it straight up and down, causing him to sit back and lose power when punting.  Martin made the adjustment almost immediately and was hitting some very solid punts out there.  2016 SC punter Jordan Paden continues to show flashes of becoming a very solid punter.  Jordan is really working to get control of his 6’3, 225 pound frame by shortening his strides and keeping his entire motion very compact.  When he stays within himself, Jordan is capable of hitting 50+ yard punts with over 4.5 second hang consistently.
Atlanta Kicking Camp
After punting we moved into field goals and kick offs.  I was impressed with a number of guys during our field goal work, specifically 2016 studs Alex Barbir, Mitchell Wasson, and Colton Taylor.  Alex has been working hard on keeping his kicking foot open at impact and controlling his leg throughout his motion.  Alex sent me a video of him hitting a 67 yard FG off of the ground last week, and backed it up Sunday by smashing a 65 yard attempt off of the crossbar with a fairly strong crosswind coming from left to right at him.  Mitchell Wasson continues to get better and better every time we see him.  Mitchell has worked hard to add a consistent jab step into his field goals, which equate to his energy transfer and body position during his motion being much more efficient and consistent.  Mitchell has film of him hitting a 65 yard field goal off of the ground, and was consistently making 55-60 yard kicks with ease during training yesterday.  Mitchell also had a very productive KO session.  We moved his steps over on his approach from 6 steps in to 4.  This slightly narrower angle of approach on KO really helps to make the transition of energy through the ball downfield easier for guys when they are running and approaching the ball more aggressively than on their FG’s.  Mitchell took to the adjustment immediately and consistently was hitting 65-70 yard kick offs with as high as 4.2 hang.  Not bad for the first 5 kicks with a new technique.  2016 Colton Taylor from Villa Rica was easily the most improved from his previous few weeks of work.  Colton is tall and lanky, but has a strong leg.  We have been working on getting Colton to drive with his body more through both KO and FG.  Colton has responded and yesterday was consistently hitting from 55 yards on FG off of the ground, and was putting his kick offs between 65-70 yards.  This is a dramatic improvement on both, as Colton’s range on FG was more in the 47-50 yard range, and KO range around 60-63 not more than a month or so ago.  If Colton can continue to work hard and put on between 10-15 lbs, he will turn a lot of heads during his senior season.
Atlanta Kicking Camp
13 Apr

PATIENCE LEADS TO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE ON ONE KICKING TRAINEE RAY EARLY

By: One On One Kicking Head Writer, Zach Harig

“Patience is a virtue,” is the saying followed by many but former Furman kicker and punter, Ray Early, has to be the biggest believer of that saying. Following a standout career at Furman – in which he kicked for four years and punted for two – it became time for Early to take his career to the next level, or so he thought.

After a senior season in which he made 20-of-23 field goal attempts, Early’s NFL stock was rising following his graduation. Despite being from a smaller school, Early was greeted by nearly every NFL team for his pro day, with a chance to prove his worth to a NFL franchise. However, there was someone else there to greet Early on his pro day – Mother Nature. Scouts flocked to Greenville, South Carolina to mainly watch offensive lineman, Dakota Dozier, a top prospect going into the draft. This attention for a small school specialist such as Early was exactly what was needed to show off his potential.

“I feel like I didn’t have the best pro day,” Early stated, “There were a lot of teams there but it was cold, rainy, and windy. I just punted about ten balls and the result wasn’t good,” Early added.

Following the letdown at the pro day, Early and those around him still saw the NFL potential and the chance of getting him signed into the league. As the draft came to a close, Early waited for the phone to ring for a NFL tryout – and it did, just not with the tryout that Early expected.

“The Kansas City Chiefs really liked me so they were talking to me,” said Early, “But they called me after the draft and said Cairo Santos was still available, so they took him first and I was out of that.”

Aside from the Chiefs, Early also landed a kicking workout with the Detroit Lions prior to the draft. However, their interest in Early went out the window following their seventh-round selection, kicker Nate Freese of Boston College.

Early still remembers the feeling following the draft and the passing of undrafted free-agent signings, “That feeling sucked. I thought for sure that I had the capability to kick in the NFL,” he continued, “But I had to keep my head up and keep getting better while hoping for a better opportunity.”

This past November, a mutual friend introduced Early to Adam Shreiner, a kicking instructor with One On One Kicking. After getting to know Shreiner, Early was referred to One On One founder, Mike McCabe and his pro-training sessions.

There, Early worked with several top college specialists along with NFL hopefuls.

“NFL training was really good, there were five or six other guys training and it was great to be around guys who can kick and punt like that. Coach McCabe gave us really good direction and I definitely learned a lot,” Early added.

The One On One Kicking NFL training program is a two to three month session that has had some recognizable names, including Kansas City Chiefs kicker, Cairo Santos and former seventh-round draft pick, Nate Freese. Aside from them, the One On One Pro Training Development series also trained great former college specialists such as former Tennessee punter Matt Darr, NFL combine invitee and Baylor punter, Spencer Roth, UAB kicker, Ty Long and Michigan State punter, Mike Sadler.

Early focused on getting better on his own following the disappointment, but the learning from Coach McCabe was a true benefit, “Coach McCabe pays a lot of attention to detail and is really big on the drillwork and drop-phase of the punt. I’ve gotten a lot better since working with him and I’ve learned a lot.”

While the NFL is on standby for Early, his professional career isn’t over by any means. In fact, Early landed a tryout with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League and certainly feels prepared for the opportunity. “I’ve been focusing more on punting,” Early stated on his readiness and all-around ability for the tryout, “I feel like my kicking has been there and there are no problems with kickoffs. I feel like I’m in a good spot right now and I’m still doing a lot of drill work.”

For Early, one thing has stuck out in his mind as for what made him better since his NFL dreams were crushed – for now, “My time with Coach McCabe got me a lot of experience,” he stated, looking back, “Bobby Cowan (another One On One Pro Development trainee) has been to Rams and Raiders’ camps and I worked with a lot of bigger school specialists, which was awesome.”

Patience is the name of the game after dreams are crushed. Just because something doesn’t happen right away, doesn’t mean it can’t happen at a later point, as is the case for Ray Early. One On One Kicking and Mike McCabe have helped prepare Early for his journey as he strives to continue his professional career.

07 Apr

Mike Bernier to Join Nick Bruno at Eastern Illinois

A lot of times when recruits commit to smaller schools, they want more and they wish they would have gotten a bigger offer or a better home. However, that isn’t the case with Eastern Illinois commit, Mike Bernier of Madison, Alabama and Bob Jones high school.

“Mike is really excited about going to Eastern Illinois,” One On One Kicking founder, Mike McCabe stated on Bernier’s commitment, “A lot of kids ask for more but he’s not that guy, he likes what he has and he knows God has a plan for him.”

Bernier has been training with One On One Kicking for nearly a year since meeting Mike McCabe at a camp held at The University of Alabama-Birmingham. Since then, Bernier has been learning from McCabe, both on and off of the field. “He (McCabe) definitely pushes the books,” Bernier said on his kicking coach, “There are a lot of kids with huge legs but they don’t have the grades.”

Despite being the best specialist coach in the country, Mike McCabe takes his trainees under his wing away from the field as well. “He sends me texts all of the time checking up on me,” Bernier stated on McCabe, “He’s just a really genuine guy. I was a late bloomer but we worked hard to get me a scholarship.”

Bernier, a late commit to Eastern Illinois, will join fellow One On One Kicking trainee and All-American, Nick Bruno. Bruno was named FCS Freshman All-American after his outstanding performance as a true freshman with the Panthers – handling field goal, punting, and kickoff duties.

“I think it’s a great combination at Eastern Illinois,” Coach Mike McCabe stated, “It gives Nick Bruno time to focus on field goals and kickoffs rather than all three duties and it really takes pressure off of him.”

Bernier, the incoming freshman punter, will relieve Bruno of punting duties, allowing him to focus on field goals and kickoffs. The One On One Kicking trainees will both benefit from each other’s presence, “They both come from the same company and both know how to help each other,” McCabe stated on the Eastern Illinois duo.

Bruno and Bernier have gotten close since meeting at a One On One Kicking summer camp, “We were good buddies down here at camp and were partners the entire time,” Bernier stated on his soon-to-be teammate.

Without Coach McCabe and One On One Kicking, Mike Bernier says he might not be heading to Eastern Illinois. “McCabe told me to push through,” Bernier stated, “People might say I’m not big enough to go play somewhere, but you have to work harder to earn the scholarship.”

Despite being a relatively new One On One Kicking trainee, Mike Bernier dedicated himself to landing a scholarship. With the help of One On One founder, Mike McCabe, Bernier was able to obtain an offer from Eastern Illinois and will be playing right away as a freshman in 2015. “He has great work ethic, perfects his craft, and does his drill work at a consistent basis,” said Coach McCabe, “And he’s just a great kid.”

Watch out for Eastern Illinois and their One On One Kicking trained specialists – All-American, Nick Bruno and newcomer, Mike Bernier.

26 Mar

Three New One On One Kicking Commitments

This past weekend, we had three One On One Kicking Trainees commit to play at the next level. We want to congratulate the following trainees on their commitments….

Joe DiFillippo commits to Furman

Brent Gordan commits to Old Dominion

Mike Bernier commits to Eastern Illinois

We want to congratulate all of our One On One Kicking Trainees for working hard and having the opportunity to play at the next level.

 

Class of 2015 Commits

Nick Vogel – Southern Miss

Austin Seibert – Oklahoma

John Bowers – Rutgers*

Nick Rubinowicz – Maryland

Blake Best – Kentucky

Matt Bonadies – Middle Tennessee State

Wes Farnsworth – Nevada

Alex Craft – Air Force

Rodrigo Blankeship – Georgia*

Jameson Vest – Air Force

Mason McLean – Jacksonville State

Austin Parker – Duke

Trevor Owens – Middle Tennessee State

Jordan Laube – Bryant*

Josh Leon – Bentley

Zach Kolodny – CW Post

Ivy Wall – Southeastern Louisiana

Justin Rohrwasser – Rhode Island

James Bedell – Uconn*

Nick Pritchard – Maryland*

Vince Gallo – Stonehill*

Jake Tilghman – Florida*

Sam Hayworth – Eastern Kentucky

Mike Caggiano – UMass

Alex Lucansky – Stony Brook

Joe Rauseo – Wayne State College

Jake Monteiro – Rutgers*

JD Mote – Army

Javaunie Francis – Bethune Cookman University

Brad Hodgson – Jacksonville University

Chandler Carrera – Glenville

Kenton Presley – Bluefield College

Caleb Dyer – Harding University

Jason Gangwisch – Florida Tech

Grayson Pontius – East Miss CC

Tyler Flathau – Mississippi Gulf Coast CC

Leo Vagias – Rhode Island

Joshua Boham – Kennesaw State*

Isaac Mercado – Valparaiso University

Liam Hedge – Hampden-Sydney College

Gavin Haggerty – Rutgers*

Luke Galvin – New Mexico Military

James Flannery – Ohio Dominican University

Will Tommie – Tusculum College

Joe DiFillippo – Furman*

Brent Gordan – Old Dominion

Mike Bernier – Eastern Illinois

Gavin Haggerty – Rutgers*

Alex Reider – Rochester

Winston Smith – Air Force

20 Mar

CLASS OF 2016 ALABAMA KICKERS PURSUE BIG DREAMS

 

Competitors on the field aren’t always friends off of the field. However, for One On One Kicking trainees, AJ Reed and Sage Ledbetter, the two have gotten extremely close since meeting at a One On One camp nearly four years ago. Since then, both Reed and Ledbetter have been training with One On One Kicking founder, Mike McCabe along with coach, Brian Egan at the Birmingham Elite division.

Just months ago, Reed and Ledbetter attended the Kohl’s Underclassman Challenge, where both received top-ten national rankings in the Class of 2016 from Kohl’s Kicking – the national ranking source for specialists.

From an individual perspective, Sage Ledbetter, a left-footed kicker from Auburn High School in Alabama, was ranked tenth in the class by Kohl’s and says it’s a great honor but it’s more of motivation. “It’s a great honor but it just makes me want to work to become number one,” he stated.

Aside from wanting the number one ranking, Ledbetter says he knows what it takes to be number one in the class. “Being number one takes a lot of commitment and determination, you have to focus on technique,” Ledbetter continued, “If you’re number one you need to strike your A-ball 24/7 and your misses need to go in.”

Following the Kohl’s Kicking camp and national ranking, the Auburn, Alabama product was able to visit Auburn University on their junior day and said it was a great visit, “It was great, I really enjoyed the Auburn facilities, coaching staff and it was a great atmosphere.”

 

Aside from Ledbetter – Prattville, Alabama product, AJ Reed, was ranked sixth in the Class of 2016 by Kohl’s Kicking. Reed, who visited LSU following the ranking for their junior day, says he is very excited about his national ranking as well.

“I see it as a great opportunity,” Reed stated, “Just this December, I went to Kohl’s and he didn’t really know me. I had a good showing and ended up sixth in the nation. I wasn’t near this a few months ago. If you keep listening to your coaches, it can happen and it has changed me.”

 

For both Reed and Ledbetter, the national rankings are a big step but without One On One Kicking, they both agree the rankings may not have been obtainable.

Brian Egan, the director of Birmingham Elite, was a kicker himself at Mississippi State in the SEC. Reed and Ledbetter, who are both potential SEC recruits, have a coach in Egan who has played at the level that they want to be at.

“Coach Egan is a cool guy, I really like training with him,” Reed stated on working with Egan, one of his mentors. “He’s always giving me constructive criticism and he’ll tell you when you do good but he’s focused on what you need to improve on. He’s a great coach, he’ll be at school to work with you if you need him and he puts in a lot of work for us, I wouldn’t be here without him.”

Coach Egan, Ledbetter, and Reed are all extremely close. Since Reed and Ledbetter began to train with One On One Kicking after their freshman years, the two have become best friends. Despite going to separate high schools, they find time to train together and constantly communicate.

“AJ (Reed) and I are best friends, we’ve grown tight,” Ledbetter stated on his friendship with one of his biggest competitors in the Class of 2016, “We always talk and kick every Sunday together.”

The friendship between Ledbetter and Reed with the training of Coach Brian Egan is what One On One Kicking is all about. While on the field, Ledbetter and Reed are able to share advice and work to better one another. Ledbetter and Reed are two of the biggest legs in the Class of 2016 and are two names to watch out for, especially as they continue to train with the best of the best in One On One Kicking.