Chris Sailer Vegas Camp
Chris Sailer
Southwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 18, 2008

The nation's best kickers, punters and long snappers gathered in Las Vegas last weekend to showcase their talent. was on hand.

Chris Sailer and Chris Rubio have grown to become the most highly regarded evaluators of kickers, punter and long snappers. was on hand to view their even in Las Vegas last weekend at UNLV and this event is widely considered to be the premier event of its kind in the country.

It is easy to see why over 50 college coaches were on hand for this event. It was a virtual who’s who of the nation’s top players from the freshmen to the junior college level, some still hoping to land a college scholarship and others just competing for the chance to be named in the prestigious “Top 12” that Sailer, Rubio and staff put together.

Players on hand included Oklahoma State commit kicker Quinn Sharp, Purdue commit kicker Carson Wiggs, Oklahoma commit P Tress Way, UCLA commit P Jeff Locke, Wisconsin commit P Bradley Nortman and South Carolina commit P Ryan Doerr.

Over 350 kickers and punters and 120 long snappers took place in this camp and the organization that Sailer and Rubio had at this event was spectacular. Even more impressive was the lineup of coaches on hand to help teach these players. An array of current college and professional kickers, punters and snappers came back to the camp they once attended to help hone these young players’ talents. The list started with 2007 Lou Groza award winner from Arizona State Thomas Weber and ended with Sailer and Rubio, who both played at UCLA.

Some notes from the camp:

  • Punter Kyle Martens from Spearfish HS in South Dakota looked to be the top uncommitted punter in attendance. Martens has an offer from Rice and will be making his official visit this weekend.

  • Sailer was very high on Wisconsin commit Bradley Nortman’s future, stating he has “a ton of potential”. At 6-3 210 pounds, he is an imposing kicker with one of the strongest legs in the country.

  • Two underclassmen that could be amongst the tops in the country are Mike Bowlin from Aliso Niguel HS in California and Jackson Rice from Campolinda HS in CA.

  • Rubio calls J.R. Carr from South HS CA and another California native Evan Jacobsen from San Clemente HS his top juniors and both should get plenty of division-one interest. Jacobsen told Scout that he has high interest in USC, UCLA and some other Pac 10 programs but has no offers.

  • Amongst Rubio’s top snappers in the country are Scott Albritton and Jason Bertoni both from Santa Monica JC in CA. Albritton had a scholarship to Baylor before the old staff was let go. He is now searching for a place to play. Bertoni was originally at Central Michigan but left after one year. He now is considering walking on at USC.

  • UCLA commit Jeff Locke looked to be the top kicker/punter combo in the country. He hit from 63 yards as a high school senior and consistently punted balls with five second hang time.

Here are Sailer’s and Rubio’s list of the top 12 players on hand in Las Vegas.


Underclassman (Alpha order)

Mike Bowlin (2009) - Aliso Niguel H.S. (CA) Kicker
Evan Engwall (2009) - Red Mountain H.S. (AZ) Kicker
Mitch Ewald (2009) - Waubonsie Valley H.S. (IL) Kicker
Brendan Gibbons (2009) - Cardinal Gibbons H.S. (FL) Kicker
Dustin Hopkins (2009) - Clear Lake H.S. (TX) Kicker
Mike Loftus (2009) - Servite H.S. (CA) Kicker
Monte Merrick (2009) - Bell County H.S. (KY) Kicker / Punter
Jimmy Newman (2009) - Oxford H.S. (AL) Kicker
Jackson Rice (2009) - Campolinda H.S. (CA) Punter
Colton Schmidt (2009) - Liberty H.S. (CA) Kicker
Nicholas Tausch (2009) - Jesuit College Prep H.S. (TX) Kicker
RC Willenbrock (2009) - Cherry Creek H.S. (CO) Kicker

Link to complete national rankings

Seniors / JC (no order)

Jeff Locke - Mountain Ridge H.S. (AZ) Punter / Kicker
Kyle Martens - Spearfish H.S. (SD) Punter
Bradley Nortman - Brookfield Central H.S. (WI) Punter
Quinn Sharp - Mansfield Summit H.S. (TX) Kicker
Jon Teague - Fred T. Foard H.S. (NC) Kicker / Punter
Blair Walsh - Cardinal Gibbons H.S. (FL) Kicker
Tress Way - Tulsa Union H.S. (OK) Kicker / Punter
Carson Wiggs - South Grand Prairie H.S. (TX) Kicker
Daniel Zychlinski - King H.S. (FL) Punter
Nico Grasu - Moorpark JC (CA) Kicker
Will Mahan - Bakersfield JC (CA) Punter
Alonso Rojas - Miami Dade JC (FL) Punter

Link to complete national rankings

Long Snappers

Underclassmen (Alpha order)

Stephen Barrera - Clear Lake HS (TX)
Michael Brodsky - Milton HS (GA)
JR Carr - South HS (CA)
Jordan Cowart - St. Thomas Aquinas HS (FL)
Anthony Ferraro - Servite HS (CA)
Salanoa Galeai - Euless Trinity HS (TX)
Evan Jacobsen - San Clemente HS (CA)
Jake Lembke - Providence Catholic HS (IL)
Chris Roberson - Katy HS (TX)
Kevin Rowe - Olympia HS (WA)
DJ Skinner - Western Branch HS (VA)
Joey Waters - San Clemente HS (CA)

Link to complete national rankings

Upperclassmen (Alpha order)

Scott Albritton - Santa Barbara JC (CA)
Jason Bertoni - Santa Monica JC (CA)
Aaron Brewer - Troy HS (CA)
Louie Capra - Joliet JC (IL)
David Casper - Monte Vista HS (CA)
Sean Flaherty - Loveland HS (OH)
Brandon Gabbard - Mountain Ridge HS (AZ)
CJ Morley - CSN (NV)
Jeff Palmer - Santa Margarita HS (CA)
Zach Taylor - Blinn JC (TX)
Carson Tinker - Riverdale HS (TN)
Mike Zupancic - Trabuco Hills HS (CA)

Link to complete national rankings would like to thank Chris Sailer and Chris Rubio form allowing us to have access to their fields and players while we were there.

Look for a photo gallery of the even tomorrow.

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