Joshua Deal – Kicker / Punter – Francis Howell Middle School (MO) class of 2023 earns Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospect Award. His outstanding past performance at the Ray Guy Kicking Camp – along with his national ranking – has earned him the opportunity to compete at the National Top Prospect Camp held later this summer in Richmond, Kentucky – July 14-15, 2018. Only a rising 8th grader – Deal is the #1 kicker in the nation for his grade level.
“Joshua Deal is now the #1 ranked middle school kicker in his class (2023). He earned this spot during our recent camp in St. Louis by combining outstanding field goal accuracy along with hang time and distance on his kickoffs. His natural ability and tremendous performance earned him a rare opportunity to compete with much older athletes during our National (Ray Guy) Top Prospect camp.” – Rick Sang, Director
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.
Previous Ray Guy Prokicker.com Top Prospects include current NFL Kickers: Graham Gano – Carolina Panthers, Connor Barth – Chicago Bears, Randy Bullock – Cincinnati Bengals, Blair Walsh – Seattle Seahawks, Chandler Cantanzaro – New York Jets, Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos, Harrison Butker – Kansas City Chiefs. Including current NFL Punters: Kevin Huber – Cincinnati Bengals, Jeff Locke – Minnesota Vikings, Jordan Berry – Pittsburgh Steelers, Drew Butler – Arizona Cardinals, Donnie Jones – Philadelphia Eagles, Kasey Redfern – Detroit Lions and Bradley Pinion – San Francisco 49ers. Along with NFL Long Snappers: Carson Tinker – Jacksonville Jaguars, Matt Overton – Indianapolis Colts, Kevin McDermott – Minnesota Vikings and Justin Drescher – New Orleans Saints.
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.