Daniel Mantell – Long Snapper – Bullitt East High (KY) class of 2018 has again been recognized as a Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospect Award winner for 2017. His outstanding past performance at the Ray Guy Kicking Camp has now earned him the opportunity to compete at the National Top Prospect Camp held later this summer in Richmond, Kentucky – July 15-16.
The Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospect Award program identifies the Nation’s Top Kickers, Punters and Long Snappers and promotes them for college recruitment. It is a “behind the scenes” evaluation that takes place at all Ray Guy/Prokicker.com events across the country. Every athlete’s skills are observed and charted, allowing coaches to select the newest members of the Top Prospect Award team.
Field goal accuracy; hang time and distance on kickoffs; hang time and distance on punts; and accuracy and speed on snaps are obvious identifiers of natural talent. The evaluation process “sorts out” the top prospects and identifies each athletes “capability.” This is an important aspect that allows the athlete to show at any time their ability to consistently kick, punt or snap, as if they were already in college. By displaying this type of performance any kicker, punter or snapper can greatly increase the likelihood of earning a spot on our list.
Serving as a marketing arm for student-athletes seeking collegiate opportunities, the Top Prospect Award program is primarily for high school juniors and seniors, although, on rare occasions, we may include sophomore and freshmen student-athletes who demonstrate a natural ability at an early stage of their career.
Athletes earning this honor receive an exclusive “Official Invitation” to the National Top Prospect Award Camp in Richmond, Kentucky – July 15-16, 2017. This is where some of the nation’s “best” Kickers, Punters and Long Snappers assemble to chart, compete and promote their skills. Results of this event are sent directly to every college football program in the country for scholarship recruitment. Additionally, each Top Prospect Award winner earns recognition by being named to the Ray Guy Prokicker.com Preseason All-America Watch List.