With increased parity in college football, one would think kickers would be among the most sought after recruits. Not so for many of the top high school specialists who are typically among the last to secure an opportunity at the next level. We recently consulted with Compete Kicking Network associate Lee McDonald of Special Teams Solutions, to discuss this recruiting reality.
Unlike a running back or linebacker, schools do not recruit a kicker every year according to McDonald. This is mainly due to the fact that kickers are not utilized elsewhere, such as a back-up on offense, defense or in coverage on special teams. FBS (Division IA) schools typically only reserve 2-3 scholarships for a kicker, punter and snapper while many FCS (Division IAA) only allot 1-2 scholarships that are often divided among several players.