Hidden Gem - Class of 2006

Southwest Ohio prep player looking for interest makes our "Hidden Gem's" list for the Class of 2006.

Year in and year out football recruiting has its ups and downs for many of Ohio's top talents. While many of the high profile players have either made their verbal commitments, or have been taking their official visits to make their choice, many student athletes are still working and looking for a school to give them a shot. One such player is our newest "Hidden Gem" for the Class of 2006.

Huber Heights Wayne enjoyed a great season in 2005. With two members of this team already committed to Miami of Ohio, and another one (Alex Earley) seeing interest from several programs, another member of the Warriors Region Four Runner-up team is looking for a chance to prove he belongs in Division One College Football.

When you play for a team that does a great job putting the football in the end zone, your chances as a kicker are very slim. Josh Fickert learned this lesson the hard way in 2005 as the kicker and punter for the Wayne Warriors.

As Division One Co-Offensive Player of the Year Alex Earley provided the offensive punch needed during the Warriors 11-2 season, Josh Fickert saw chances to show off all the work he'd done during the summer come few and far between.

But when the Warriors kicker was given the chance he provided the needed leg to place more points on the scoreboard. For the season Fickert hit 9-9 field goals with his longest chance coming from 37 yards. Because of the few chances, Fickert never saw a chance to show off the leg fans saw during warm-ups and practice hit from as far as 55 yards.

But Fickert wasn't done as he also punted for the Warriors. For the season he would average 36.5 yards with his longest being 55 yards. He also pinned opponents inside the 20 8 times and had 2 touchbacks out of 35 attempts.

One reason for Fickert going under the radar is the change in his kicking approach. In previous years Fickert had problems kicking off the tee used in high school for field goals. After having someone see him kicking straight off the ground and hitting from long distance, Fickert reduced the height of the tee and saw his production increase with each kick.

While Fickert knows getting recruited as a kicker in college is very hard, he's hoping to get a chance to earn a scholarship at some level of college. With several smaller programs showing heavy interest, the 2nd Team All-State selection is looking for a D-I or I-AA school to show interest.

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