Arkansas hosted its annual Specialists Camp with kicking guru Jamie Kohl Saturday afternoon with several quality prospects on hand, including the nation’s top long snapper.
Mesa, Ariz., Desert Ridge standout Adam Bay (6-1, 220) , the top-ranked won the long snapping competition over some 20 other competitors at a camp which had about 100 players on hand.
Bay, who has offers from Memphis, Wyoming and New Mexico as well as interest from Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi State and others, spent Friday touring the facilities and campus with his mom.
“The facilities at Arkansas are amazing,” Bay said. “Beautiful, top-notch. The staff is amazing. The coaching staff is nice. This place is beautiful.
"She loves the academics and she loves the facilities. Everything is great here."
Bay doesn’t try and hide the fact that he would like to play in the SEC.
"I watched the SEC growing up,” Bay said. “I mean those would be hard to take down. I would have to sit down with my parents, but an offer from any of those programs would be top-notch for me.”
He has been to visit several schools already this summer.
"I started off at Utah, then Alabama and Mississippi State,” Bay said. “Then came back for about a week. Then started off in Wisconsin, went down to Mizzou and Memphis then here.
“Right now, I'm going home for a week and then after that I'm going to Michigan. Then I'm done with schools."
He likes Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest and Razorback quality control coach Tanner Burns, who have been recruiting him.
"I talked to him (Segrest) a few times and he's just a really good guy,” Bay said….”I took a visit with Coach Burns yesterday before the camp… He's a great coach. He has a good personality and he was straight, up-front with me. I really respect that."
Bay talked about his philosophy.
"I just go in everyday and try to work my hardest,” Bay said. “I just, kind of like golf swings, just practice with my motions. It's a great process, still trying to find the right fit for me."
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Longview junior Chris Kessler, a 2108 prospect, won the field goal competition by making a 57-yarder in a sudden death playoff.
Kessler, who was the third-team kicker at his school this season and made his only PAT, is set to become the guy this season.
“It’s been a pretty good day,” Kessler said. “I love Jamie Kohl’s camps. He runs them really well. The kickoff session was fun. In the kickoff competition, I wish I would have placed higer than third.
“The field goals, I was happy to be able to get the field goal win, even going up against 2017 talent out here. I was able to covert the winning one at the end.”
He hope to help push his team to the state title this season after Longview has come up a field goal shy each of the past two season.
“I didn’t start and then we went to the fourth round and we missed a field goal for the second year in a row for the playoffs so I have got a lot of weight on my shoulders coming up,” Kessler said.
His hero is Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee, an NFL kicker who has gone to the same schools that Kessler has.
“My role model is Josh Scobee,” Kessler sasid. “He went to Foster Middle School, then Longview High School and is now kicking in the NFL.”
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Gilbert, Ariz, Perry deep snapper Adam Higuera (6-2, 225) – the sixth-best 2017 snapper per Kohl’s Kicking - was also on hand Saturday. and won the short snapping award.
Burns interest helped Higeura – who has offers from Tulsa and Wyoming - decide to make the trip to Arkansas.
"Coach Burns recruited me out here,” Higuera said. “He followed me on Twitter, and I had already had a lot of interest beforehand. I was thinking about coming to the camp, so we came here yesterday on a visit and enjoyed the heck out of it. I couldn't be happier with the facilities and the campus. I came here to compete."
Burns made it clear that the deep snapping scholarship situation is a fluid one.
" Where they stand right now is, Coach Burns he wouldn't be surprised if they offered someone today, but he also wouldn't be surprised if it took six months,” Higuera said.
He admits an offer from Arkansas would make him happy.
"They would stand with the top schools, among the top schools,” Higuera said. “Obviously I'd have to come here and experience a football game here before I can evaluate where I want to go, but they'd definitely be right there at the top."
He likes the climate in Arkansas.
"It's not similar to back home at all, but I love it here,” Higuera said. “ I love the climate change. Where I'm from, it's real dry, dry heat. You come here and it's humid, it's windy, it's beautiful weather. I love the Ozark Mountains. The campus, I just couldn't be happier with it. 26,000 students is crazy."
He had a chance to meet Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.
"Just prior to the camp I met Coach Bielema,” Higuera said. “I think he's a really straight-forward guy. He said he's very excited to see me today, and I was very excited to meet him today. I couldn't be happier."