The 2018 Wilhoit Signing class had a record number of 9 kicking specialists sign scholarships. This is a culmination of skill development, strength training and recruiting strategy that has helped these young men receive scholarships this year. There are some very talented kickers in Tennessee each year and I feel that colleges are really starting to take notice. I had one college coach tell me “Coach Wilhoit, every guy on our board is one of your guys. We aren’t trying to take just your guys but you have the best.” Over the years you start to make relationships with these college coaches and I make sure to give them my honest opinion on each guy. I plan on developing kickers for a long time and being honest with coaches helps develop your credibility in the kicking industry.
The majority of these kickers have worked with me for the past 2-3 years. I started training Charles Campbell as he entered 9th grade and worked with Thomas Burks since we was an 8th grader. It has been fun watching these guys mature as kickers and as men. Thomas was named President of Blackman High School. We’ve had multiple guys with ACT scores of over 30. Overall this was just a special group.
This year there were approximately 100-120 kickers and punters that received FBS or FCS scholarships across the nation. Wilhoit Kickers were able to earn 9 scholarships.
Here is the list…
Charles Campbell- Indiana
Kyle Greenwell- UAB
Micah Breckinridge- U. of Richmond
Gabe Boring- U. of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Caden Patterson- Carson Newman
Alec Earp- Berry College
Landon Carter- UT-Martin
Noah Holsinger- Harding University
Thomas Burks- U. of Tennessee-Chattanooga
There are plenty of other kickers and punters that turned down scholarships to go to schools as “Preferred Walk Ons” or PWO’s.
Matthew Phillips- Arkansas
Sam French- MTSU
I would like to thank each kicker and their parents for their patience and trust in me. Every year I do my Wilhoit Training Program to help the kickers prep for the college camps and the recruiting process. Sometimes there are some difficult conversations sometimes when you tell a parent what their child’s potential is as a college prospect. My job is to tell each parent the truth in my professional opinion. That doesn’t mean I am always right but I have chosen to have a pretty good track record on prospects.
Even though National Signing Day is over for the 2018 class, there will still be some schools looking for kickers and punters. I expect as many as 20-22 Tennessee kicking specialists from the 2018 class to be playing college football somewhere.
The 2019 kicking class is shaping up to have some great prospects as well. I am looking forward to see if we can ever more guys scholarships this year!