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Andrew Glass (Wheeling Park) 2021
Zane Porter (Spring Valley) 2020
Cameron Grobe (Cabell Midland) 2020
#5 Bennett Fletcher
Fletcher lands on the list as the only non-kicker or punter. Long snapping can become an afterthought but in the most important moments of a game, can mean everything. He has honed in on this craft was a great hip thrust and a tight yet soft spiral. His field goal snaps are on point, even putting it right on the dot in a game-winning situation in overtime. We can appreciate a great snapper.
#4 Ben Haught
School: Parkersburg South
Haught’s first year kicking was successful to say the least. The junior neared the top of the state with six field goals made out of eight. His longest being 37 yards. He also was 90% on extra points which can be a huge game-changer in terms of strategy. He returns as a valuable weapon for the Patriot special teams.
#3 Joseph Wells
School: Woodrow Wilson
Wells lands in at number three for his dual threat ability. He knocked down four of six field goals with a long of 40 while hitting on nearly 90% of his extra points. His punting ability did not go unnoticed either with a near-the-top 39-yard average with seven of them pinned inside the 20. A tall, athletic player manning both of these spots is a great weapon for Woodrow Wilson.
#2 Michael Hughes
School: George Washington
Hughes was a useful tool for the powerful George Washington offense as a sophomore. He booted six of nine field goals with two of them being blocked. If given the opportunity, Hughes is probably the most accurate kicker in AAA. This is also realized in his 98% success rate during PAT. Once again, a stress reliever for a high school program.
#1 John McConnell
McConnell possesses all the traits of a great specialist. Long, lanky, and a booming leg. Though more of a punter, his kicking ability does not go unnoticed. Three of eight might not pop out but many of his kicks are far-out attempts with his high being a long 42. He also holds a game winner under his belt as well being 100% on XP’s. When you look at his punting stats, you can see why Kohl’s has him rated #1 for 2021 in the country. A 41-yard average with 20 pinned inside the 20. A lethal coffin kicker that should gain many more collegiate looks through his junior year.