One Of The Nation's Best

Senior-to-be Andrew Ritter (6-4, 200) of Jackson Academy is without a doubt one of the top kickers in the nation due to his tremendous leg strength, which I viewed first-hand Monday morning.

Andrew had the credentials to be proclaimed one of the top kickers in the south as a junior.

  • Percentage of touchbacks - 83%.
  • Average kickoff distance - 64 yards.
  • Long field goal of 47.

    But since his junior season his leg strength has increased so that his kickoffs now average between 75 to 81 yards. In fact, at the LSU camp that he attended this summer his kickoffs averaged 81 yards. LSU head coach Les Miles was so impressed he told Andrew that he would be keeping a close eye on him this coming season.

    As for offers, he's already gotten one from Army. He's also receiving letters from LSU, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt and other schools are starting to inquire.

    I traveled to Jackson, Mississippi Monday to see Andrew kick first-hand. And to say I was impressed is an understatement.

    His kickoffs all went deep into the endzone, traveling 75, 77 and 81 yards.

    On his first field goal attempt - without a tee no less - he kicked a 51-yard field goal successfully. I then asked him to go back even further. Using a tee, he made several more field goals from even longer distances. The longest was a 65-yarder that went dead center over the crossbars. It traveled 75 yards in the air.

    For good measure, Andrew Ritter also punted for me. His normal hangtime on punts was between 4 seconds to 5+ seconds. Most of his punts went over 40 yards.

    Add in the fact that he has a 95 grade point average and a 23 ACT and you have the perfect student-athlete.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network. You can contact him by email at

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