2014 TJK California Nike Camp Recap

On February 1, 2014, Coach Brian Jackson of Team Jackson Kicking, and TJK Coach Jeremy Shelley flew from the Southeast out to Los Angeles, CA. Although it was a small group of campers at the event, the quality was quite impressive. All 6 campers are elite specialists and deserve to receive the official INVITE to the July 14-15, 2014 Southern Invitational Showcase this coming summer in Alabama. Next TJK Nike Camps are in MS, TX and FL. Click here to sign up!

2014 TJK Nike Cali Camp

2014 TJK Nike Cali Camp

The Camp took place in Los Angeles, CA at West Los Angeles College. It was a great area and the facilities were great for this camp.

West Los Angeles College

West Los Angeles College

This camp boasted some really strong legged combo specialists that consisted of current JUCO guys. The Overall Charted Specialist in Field Goals, Kickoffs and Punts was Michael ‘MAC’ Carrizosa who will be competing for the San Jose State starting jobs for Kicker and Punter. See his camp highlights below.

Carrizosa won overall charting for FGs KOs and Punts.

Carrizosa won overall charting for FGs KOs and Punts.

MAC went 8/10 on Field Goals, and made his bonus field goal of 52 yards to win the charting competition. MAC’s kickoffs were fantastic as he had kickoffs of 73 yards 3.75 hang, 70 yards 4.00 hang, 74 yards 3.88 hang, and 68 yards 3.90 hang. His punts were impressive as well as he had punts of 49 yards 4.53 hang, 49 yards 4.16 hang, 41 yards 4.40 hang and 46 yards 4.04 hang. Check out his film below.

A JUCO specialist, Dennis Melara out of West Los Angeles College had a great showing as well. The current FR at WLAC is doing extremely well considering he has only been kicking for a couple of years. Dennis charted 7/10 on Field Goals with a long of 50 yards, and also won a Last Man Standing Kickoff competition with a 73 yard KO 3.25 hang and a 71 yard KO 3.5 hang.

WLAC FR Kicker Dennis Melara

WLAC FR Kicker Dennis Melara

Other Specialist showed well at Camp and as stated before, are very deserving to be invited to the July 14-15, 2014 Southern Invitational Showcase in Alabama this summer. Check out their videos below!

Specialists doing Drill Work

Specialists doing Drill Work

Brett Arkelian (Fresno City College Kicker)

Bennie Adame (CA ’15 Long Snapper) – Bennie had a very impressive day. This was his first snapping camp and he now knows the importance of snapping for the collegiate level. He has the size, athleticism and mental toughness to be an elite long snapper at a college after next season.

Bennie Adame (CA '15) snapped in the .68 - .78 range all day. Size: 6'01 190

Bennie Adame (CA ’15) snapped in the .68 – .78 range all day. Size: 6’01 190

Nico Marrone (CA ’15 Kicker Punter) – Nico showed major improvement in Punting and has proven to be a great combo specialist. He showed consistency with his drops and nice hang, and is transitioning nicely to the ground for field goals. Once he makes solid contact on his kickoffs, they go 65-68 yards.

Nico Marrone (CA '15) proved to be a solid combo specialist. Great Punts, KOs and FGs.

Nico Marrone (CA ’15) proved to be a solid combo specialist. Great Punts, KOs and FGs.

Jonathan Bui (Laney College Kicker – FR)

We had a great time staffing this group of guys in California. It was extremely productive and we taught them drills and easy tips to help their game. Their film has already been sent out to our database of over 800 coaches in all divisions of Football.

 

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