Kornblue Kicking Challenge
Saturday, June 2, 2012
FIU STADIUM (Miami, FL)
Earlier this month, several kicking, punting, and long snapping prospects competed in the Spring 2012 Kornblue Kicking Challenge at FIU Stadium in Miami, FL.
2013 K/P Mateo Buraglia (Belen Jesuit HS-FL), a repeat winner, tied K/P Andy Valdes-Recio (Sunset Sr HS-FL) for Kicking Champion honors. Buraglia charted all his kickoffs between 67-70 yards and was 7/7 on FG's off the ground inside 45 yards. Valdes-Recio was 8/8 from 50 and in off the ground and made the longest FG of the day from 55. 2013 K/P Karson Dietrich (Vero Beach HS-FL) earned Punting Champion honors by repeatedly charting punts in the 4.2-4.4 second range.
2014 K/P Andrew DiRocco's (University School-FL) national recruiting attention will increase after he earned Kicking and Punting Champion honors in his class for the 2nd straight event. DiRocco's best punt charted 4.44 hangtime/55 yards and best kickoff traveled 67 yards with 3.5 hangtime. DiRocco is currently the #1 ranked 2014 kicker and punter in the Fab 50 National Rankings.
Giovanni Lugo, who was state powerhouse Glades Central HS's starting kicker as a freshman, earned Punting Champion honors in the class of 2015. His best punt charted 4.37/42 yards. Declan Rodriguez (Cardinal Gibbons HS-FL) earned 2015 Kicking Champion honors after earning Punting Champion honors at the Fall Kicking Challenge. Rodriguez was perfect through all 6 FG's inside of 45 yards.
Other 2013 top performers included Alex Knight (St Thomas Aquinas HS-FL), Thomas Gallitz (Bartram Trail HS-FL), Ryan Rickel (Westminster Christian HS-FL), Zach Leatherman (S. Plantation HS-FL), Michael Cioci (Pope John Paul HS-FL), Alex Louthan (Ft Pierce Central HS-FL), and Devin Clements (St Lucie West HS-FL). 2014 standouts included Jonathan Semerene (Cypress Bay HS-FL), Blake Wilson (Boca Raton HS-FL), Gray Toth (Boca Raton HS-FL), and Logan Bingham (Forest Hill HS-FL). Tyler Gallitz (Bartram Trail HS-FL), Austin Gunderson (Calvary Christian HS-FL), and Matt Danko (West Boca HS-FL) stood out in the class of 2015.
2014 LS Warren Wynn's (Cardinal Gibbons/Ft. Lauderdale, FL) combination of accuracy and velocity earned him the award as the event's Long Snapping Champion.
The next Kicking Challenge event is scheduled for December 22, 2012. For more info, visit www.KornblueKicking.com or contact Brandon Kornblue at (561)702-0203.
2013 co-Kicking Champion
Mateo Buraglia (Belen Jesuit HS-FL)
2013 co-Kicking Champion – Andy Valdes-Recio (Sunset Sr HS-FL)
2013 Punting Champion – Karson Dietrich (Vero Beach HS-FL)
2014 Kicking Champion – Andrew DiRocco (University School-FL)
2014 Punting Champion - Andrew DiRocco (University School-FL)
2015 Kicking Champion – Declan Rodriguez (Cardinal Gibbons HS-FL)
2015 Punting Champion – Giovanni Lugo (Glades Central HS-FL)
Long Snapping Champion – Warren Wynn (Cardinal Gibbons HS-FL)