By MARK MAYNARD / Senior Writer
CLINTON, Miss. – Reece Everett doesn’t have a nickname but maybe he should.
How about “Thunderfoot?”
Prokicker.com’s first-team All-American kickoff specialist boomed 44 of his 45 kicks through the end zone during his senior season at Clinton High School in Clinton, Miss.
His powerful kickoffs earned him a spot on the Prokicker.com All-American team but he’s no one-trick pony. Everett also punted for a 39.7 average and made 8 of 11 field goals, 27 of 28 extra points along with the 98 percent touchback rate on kickoffs.
Not bad numbers for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound kicker who hopes for a shot to play in Division I-A. He’s had some Division I-AA and Division II scholarship offers and a few offers to be a preferred walk-on for Division I.
Everett continues to dream about the possibility of kicking for a Division I-A college team.
“I’ve got some walk-on opportunities for sure but I’ll still working on getting some (Division I-A) offers,” he said. “I work out every day. I’ve been going in the mornings before school.”
He kicks every day and lifts three to four times a week while also trying to eat healthy.
Everett was a soccer standout who fell in love with kicking after attending his first Prokicker.com camp when he was in eighth grade. He kept coming back every year and honed his fundamental skills with the Prokicker coaching staff.
“I knew had to kick a ball from soccer so I had decent contact with it,” he said. “But I had no kind of technique or anything like that. Prokicker is very much where I got my fundamentals.”
Tips from University of Cincinnati All-American Jonathan Ruffin, a Prokicker instructor, stayed with him.
“You take tips from everywhere you can,” Everett said.
He went into his sophomore year behind a senior kicker but by the third game he had won the field goal job. His leg strength hadn’t developed yet but before his career was over Everett had become known for his powerfully long kickoffs.
“I actually had some opposing coaches I know tell me they knew they didn’t need to work on kickoff returns when they played us,” Everett said.
No doubt. He was all but automatic about putting the kickoffs into the end zone. He averaged 67 yards on 45 kickoffs.
He also had four game-winning field goals during his high school career and made 29 of 41 in 2 ½ years. He was 91 of 94 on extra points and had a career punting average of 40.1.
“From early on I knew this was something I could do in college,” Everett said.
Everett’s longest field goal came during a kicking camp at Ole Miss. He won the competition with a 59-yard field goal. “That’s the longest I ever kicked,” he said. “But I’m confident from 52 or 53.”
Everett was also chosen to kick and punt in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game. He made both extra points and averaged 36.8 yards on four punts for Mississippi in a 21-16 loss to Alabama.