Joe Kleinsmith Profile
With each passing year, kickers and punters are beginning to be a bigger part of the recruiting process. Games have been won and lost due to field position.
If there's a school out there looking for a kicker, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Ed's Joe Kleinsmith just might be what the doctor ordered.
Watching film of the 5-11, 185-pounder was a real treat. Kleinsmith has a very strong leg. His leg motion is effortless and he put the ball deep or through the end-zone on just about every kick.
Kleinsmith handles all of the kicking duties for St. Ed's. Kick-off's, field goals, punts and PAT's. In addition, Joe is also a standout defensive back with 4.5 speed.
As a junior, Kleinsmith had a long field goal of 53-yards and as the ball went through the uprights it still had about five or ten yards to spare.
Schools usually don't offer kickers scholarships until late in the senior season. Does Kleinsmith have any offers yet?
"Kent State offered me as a kicker and as a safety." Kleinsmith said.
"My favorites are Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
"Northwestern, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Penn State and Michigan have all called so far in May.
"I'm going to camp at Michigan and Northwestern in June."
Kleinsmith had 66 punts last year that were inside the 20-yard line. Zero punts were blocked, 51 punts weren't returned, the opposition averaged only 1.25 yards per return and 28 punts were over 40-yards.
Other notable tidbits while watching Kleinsmith on film. He has very good hang-time on his punts and he can place the football inside the red zone with accuracy.
Joe Kleinsmith received several honors last year including 2nd team all-state.
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