The Missouri Tigers have built a reputation in recent years of developing placekickers. That has drawn the attention of a number of kicking candidates. Recently, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with 2012 placekicker Brad Clements 6'0" 165 Lee's Summit (MO) West, who has accepted an invitation to join the Tigers as a preferred walk-on.
"My plan is to come in during summer school in June," said Clements.
Clements is a two-time all-state soccer player, and holds the single-season goals scored record at LSW. He began his football career as a sophomore under Coach Royce Boehm. Clements played both fall sports for the KC-area school, and is also a two-time all-state selection in football, as well. He has a big leg, and drew the attention of the Missouri staff during his senior year. Clements has ties to Missouri, and while he received attention from other Division I programs, he really only considered the Tigers.
He said that he never responded to inquiries from other teams.
Clements has trained at Kansas City Kicking, under the tutelage of former Missouri kicker, Jeff Wolfert, and former Kansas State kicker, Brooks Rossman. He reports an average kick-off of 69 yards with a 4.1 second hang time. He has demonstrated accuracy in the 40+ yard range for field goals in high school.
"Kicking just came kind of natural for me," explained Clements. "Most people say that it's hard to transition from soccer to football, but it just came natural for me."
Clements already knows Andrew Baggett, who is a red-shirt freshman kicker at Missouri, and is from Lee's Summit North. He visited a Missouri spring practice just before the break, and he was impressed with how many live, game-paced situations that the kickers are placed in during practice.
Clements is looking forward to the opportunity to compete for the placekicking job at Missouri.
"Every kick, they time. Every kick, they chart," explained Clements, talking about the competition for the kicking job at Missouri. "So, it's all about performance, and times………………………………. I think that my two strongest attributes are accuracy and my ball-flight."