When I took a deep dive into the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ current recruiting class earlier this week, I mentioned that head coach P.J. Fleck and co. were hoping to bring in a scholarship kicker during this recruiting cycle as starting kicker Emmit Carpenter enters his senior season.
Well, the Gophers have their future kicker now, thanks to a verbal commitment from North Carolina kicking prospect Camden Lewis.
You don’t see a lot of programs offering scholarships to kickers or long snappers, so for me, the fact that Fleck has been willing to do so for not one but both positions tells me that his reputation for attention to detail is accurate. He doesn’t seem like a coach willing to leave to chance something as seemingly mundane as a long snap. I like that about him.
Get to know Camden Lewis
Power 5 Scholarship Offers: None
247 Sports has no rating for Lewis, so instead we must turn to our most trusted source for kicking prospects: Kohl’s Kicking.
According to Kohl’s, Lewis is a 5-star kicker and a 3.5-star punter, and ranks as the sixth best kicking prospect in the country.
Here is their scouting report:
Lewis recently earned an invite to the National Underclassman Challenge in January of 2018 after a strong performance during the December Showcase Camp of 2017. He had one of the most impressive field goal charting sessions at camp with 14 made out of 16. He also showed Scholarship worthy kickoff ability with an average of 80 yards with 3.82 seconds of hang time on the second day of charting. His kickoffs at the National Scholarship Camp were very good with a score of 103 and his field goal point total of 25 was at the top of his class. His leg strength and lift are excellent for a 2019 player. Lewis has a Division 1 ball when he hits it.