On November 13, 2011, I had the pleasure to work with two great special teams players from Gulfport, Mississippi. Stephen Brauchle and Tucker Smith both played high school football together at Gulfport and are both continuing to live their dream by striving for the next level.
The workout was enough for me to see that they were worthy to achieve Team Jackson Kicking’s Top Prospect P/K and Longsnapper for the class of 2012. Check out www.teambjackson.com to see more about TJK and also to see their workout videos on the Prospects tab.
Punter/ Kicker 6’1 200 lbs GPA: 3.2 ACT: 20
Stephen impressed me before I even had the chance to meet him. Stephen and Tucker showed up to the field a half hour before the workout and were well prepared. I was impressed with his ability to not only kick field goals and kickoffs, but to excel at the punting game. Stephen consistently hit 43 to 57 yard punts with 4.5 to 4.7 hang time. Not only can he punt, but his field goals were straight. They don’t draw like most right-footed kickers. Trajectory is not an issue for Stephen as well. The height on his field goals were in the upper third of the 40 foot goal posts.
Stephen Brauchle definitely deserves an opportunity to play at the next level. After I created Stephen’s workout video, including his 2011 highlight film, TJK sent the film out to over 75 college coaches. In the next month or so, Stephen will have a few places to choose from. Look for great things from this Top TJK Prospect of the class of 2012.
Tucker Smith was very impressive. To this day, Tucker is the best longsnapper that I have personally worked with from the high school level. Tucker has a great frame and is actually the prototype longsnapper. Being a guy that is 6’3 225lbs and is athletic is a great advantage when performing as a longsnapper. College coaches look for guys that can first and foremost, SNAP, but can then get off a block and run down field and make a tackle.
Longsnapper 6’3 225 lbs GPA: 3.0 ACT: 21
Tucker consistently snapped .33 to .37 on 7 yard FG snaps. Tucker also snapped .69 to .74 on 14 yard snaps with and against the wind. The snaps were very accurate and were on a rope. Tucker doesn’t have any form of a hitch, and explodes through the ball with his follow through.
One thing that Tucker has accepted is the fact that longsnappers traditionally don’t receive scholarship offers out of college just for that position. Longsnappers have to earn a scholly after a year or two.
Tucker definitely can longsnap at the D-1 level and coaches are missing out on this guy if they don’t recognize his ability.
Check out both Tucker Smith and Stephen Brauchle on http://www.teambjackson.com/video_package_12.html as their videos are being used for how a recruiting film should look for collegiate coaches.