CSK “TOP 12” K/P’s Gaglianone & Newsome Pick Up Major Offers!

It has been another great start to the week for Chris Sailer Kicking Students.  On the eve of the “TOP 12” & “Event Elite” 2 more Chris Sailer Kicking “TOP 12” Members have picked up major offers.  Rafael Gaglianone picked up his first offer from NC State and Tyler Newsome has picked up his second offer from Notre Dame.  Congratulations as both are well deserved.

To date Chris Sailer Kicking has 9 players committed on full scholarship to major universities along with 4 other holding major offers.

Gary Wunderlich – Virginia
Freeman Jones – North Carolina
JK Scott – Alabama
Corbin Daly – Texas
Aaron Medley – Tennesssee
Alex Spence – Clemson
Mike Knoll – Boston College
Logan Cooke – Mississsippi State
Cole Hedlund – Arkansas

Holding Offers:
Rafael Gaglianone – NC State
Tyler Newsome – Notre Dame, Air Force
Michael Santamaria – Virginia Tech
Yanni Routsas – Air Force

Huge weekend coming up in Los Angeles…  Who will be next?
TOP 12 2013 AD


2013 Chris Sailer Kicking & Rubio Long Snapping Pre-Season All-Americans

Starting this year, Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping will be choosing High School & College All-American Teams!

We will be choosing 4 High School and 4 College All-Americans. We will also be choosing a Most Improved Kicker, Punter and Long Snapper for the year as well.

One of the best parts about these awards, besides the honor itself, is that they will be announced on the Friday, January 17th in Las Vegas. Yup, that is the day before the world’s largest Kicking, Punting and Long Snapping event and everyone will be on hand for the ceremony.

Also, in Vegas on that same night, Herbalife 24 will be announcing the Herbalife 24 Chris Sailer Award and Chris Rubio Award for top High School Kicker and Long Snapper of the Year!

Therefore, instead of just a handful of lucky families being able to see the Chris Sailer and Chris Rubio Award presentations, there will now be hundreds. The awards ceremony will take place in a ball room at the JW Marriott with several tables being reserved for the finalists and their families while the rest of the ballroom will be open seating and free to the public. Imagine the NFL draft in your head….that is what this will look like in Vegas.

With no further adieu, here are the Chris Sailer Kicking and Rubio Long Snapping Snapping Pre-Season All-Americans….

2013 All-Americans


7 Reasons Why Chris Sailer Kicking

1. Chris Sailer Kicking means Chris Sailer.  There is a reason why college coaches trust Chris Sailer.  He is the only one who evaluates kickers and punters at his camps.  Since 1999 it has been the same.  Rubio….ditto!

2. Chris Sailer is the best instructor in the world.  There is no such thing as a ranking camp.  Every camp is based on instruction.  Rankings are a byproduct of the instruction and evaluation.

3. Chris Sailer Kicking was the 1st to ever rank kickers and punters.  And still is the only one trusted by every coach in the U.S. Rubio….ditto!

4. Best partner in the world.  Rubio Long Snapping is the only real long snapping camp in the country. He sees, and actually trains, more long snappers than anyone else in the world. No one else even compares.

5.  Vegas, “TOP 12”, “Underclassmen” = Exposure.  It was created at ChrisSailerKicking.com  1st National Camp / International Camp & 1st and still the only REAL Invite Camps in the world. Vegas, “TOP 12”, Yellow Shirt = Kicking/Punting/Long Snapping/Scholarship.  READ MORE

6. Hired by Major BCS Universities year in and out.  National Champions hire Chris Sailer Kicking.  National Champions sign #1 ranked Chris Sailer Kicking prospects.  Rubio….ditto!

7. Youth, to High School, to College, to NFL.  Chris Sailer Kicking is proven.  100’s of youth players, 1000’s of high school players, 1000 college players, 30+ NFL players.  Training, Exposure, Connections.



Started it all, continues it all, will finish it all……


CSK Kicker Cole Hedlund Commits to Arkansas!

Chris Sailer Kicking Top 10 National Ranked Kicker Cole Hedlund has committed to the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Cole set the All-Time Record for most field goals in a high school season with 25 a season ago (breaking Chris Sailer’s record of 22).  He is one of the purest field goal kickers in the nation and a big time competitor.  Kickoffs are also amongst the very best.

“I expect Cole to take his success at the high school level and carry that right onto the field with for Arkansas and not miss a beat.  He is incredibly smooth and consistency.  A clutch performer who is beyond ready for the next level.  Huge pick up for Arkansas” – Chris Sailer

Chris Sailer Kicking has also trained Cole’s brother Chad for some years who is set to be the starting placekicker for Wake Forest this upcoming season.  Should be some great years ahead for the Hedlund family.


“TOP 12” – THE Only Exposure List for Specialists!

Chris Sailer Kicking selects 12 Kicker/Punter Specialists every January at the Annual National Kicking Event in Las Vegas. This is the most important exposure list in the country for specialists.

How much do college coaches trust Chris Sailer’s Evaluations?


Blair Walsh (Georgia, All-Pro Minnesota Vikings), Kai Forbath (UCLA, Lou Groza Award

Winner, Washington Redskins), Bryan Anger (CAL, 3rd Round Draft Pick Jacksonville Jaguars)…just to name a few

Bryan Anger

Bryan Anger

Present: 8 Kicker / Punters Nationwide in the Class of 2014 have committed on full scholarships as of June 13th.

7 of those come for the prestigious “TOP 12”



Gary Wunderlich – Virginia

Corbin Daly – Texas

Mike Knoll – Boston College

Freeman Jones – North Carolina

JK Scott – Alabama

Aaron Medley – Tennessee

Logan Cooke – Mississippi State

Who will be next? 

Mick Ellis? Rafael Gaglianone? Cameron Gamble? Hayden Lakacz Matt Stewart?


Hayden Lakacz

That is a great question.  We do not know the answer yet.  But we do know there is a GREAT chance it will be one of the above, a member of the “TOP 12”!

Stay Tuned!


Chris Sailer Kicking “TOP 12” K/P Logan Cooke Commits to Mississippi State!

Longtime Chris Sailer Kicking student and “TOP 12” Member Punter/Kicker Logan Cooke has committed to Mississippi State.  He chose Mississippi state over an offer from Louisiana Monroe.  The highlight recruited Combo Player has always had Mississippi State listed as his dream school, so when they offered he had no hesitation when it came to committing.

Logan is a big time talent.  He has attended multiple Chris Sailer Kicking camps and has impressed since day 1.  Each time he progresses at lighting rate.  Although I see him as a Punter / Kickoff guy, he also has huge field goal ability.  Overall, he is one of the very best prospects in the nation without a doubt.  I expect him to have a huge college career.  Well deserved!



Chris Sailer Kicking “TOP 12” Member Mike Knoll has committed to Boston College!

Chris Sailer Kicking 2-Time “TOP 12” Member Mike Knoll has committed to Boston College.  He has chosen Boston College over offers from Purdue, Miami (OH), Toledo, and Air Force.  Boston College has always been a top choice of his and during his visit, he felt like it was just the place for him to be!
Mike has been a Chris Sailer Kicking student for many years.  He is a Top 10 nationally rated kicker and Top 10 nationally rated punter, making him one of the most sought after combo prospects in the nation.  He trains privately with Chris Sailer Kicking Staff Member Chris Nendick in Chicago.  He made “Event Elite” as a sophomore last May in Las Vegas and followed that up by making the “TOP 12” as a junior this past January in Las Vegas.  Mike has all the tools to be a dominating player at the next level.

Mike is a loyal Chris Sailer Kicking student who will soon be a CSK Staff Member.  Look for Mike to continue to work hard this summer (he will next attend the “TOP 12′” later this month) and enjoy a great senior season.  Congratulations to Mike and his family from Chris Sailer Kicking.


D1 Colleges Will Recruit You, You Have To Recruit D2 & D3 Coaches!

Recruiting can be the most challenging, yet exciting, time consuming, yet ego boosting, frustrating yet rewarding challenges that an athlete and that athlete’s family will face. In the end, when approached and tackled properly, it will all pay off. The key is finding the correct fit for every athlete. And that is not an easy challenge. Over the years I have given many speeches and written many blogs about the recruitment of kickers, punters, and long snappers. The goal each time to is to educate athletes and their families one step at time. Here is one more piece of that educational process.

D1 Colleges Will Recruit You. When Alabama, Ohio State, UCLA, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, etc. need to recruit a specialist, they will find the very best one and usually have them committed within days. Everyone wants to go to these schools and would jump on that opportunity. They also have a huge recruiting budget, the best resources, and the ultimate product to sell. Here is how the conversation goes when a coach from a D1 school calls me, Coach: “I need a list of the best kickers (punters, long snappers) in the nation.” Me: “Sure we have Kicker A ranked #1, Kicker B ranked #2, Kicker C Ranked #3 and so on.” Within hours those athletes are in contact with the coach. Within days the coach has visited the school, done character and academic background checks. Within weeks the athlete and the family are on campus visiting. Sign, sealed, delivered.

Your job when if comes to D1 programs:

Get exposure. Go to Chris Sailer Kicking & Rubio Long Snapping Camps and get nationally ranked. We are the most trusted specialist resource in the world for college coaches. Make sure to keep your rank current. An evaluation and ranking over time holds much more weight than a single evaluation 1 or 2 years ago. Keep your character intact. Be aware that a college coach will visit with anyone and everyone to make sure that you are a great fit for that program in every way. Clean up your social media (online resume). Get your grades and test scores as high as absolutely possible. Get to college camps in between your junior and senior seasons. This is when most college coaches will ultimate pull the trigger. If you are good enough, Chris Sailer Kicking will get you the exposure to get signed by a D1 program. D1 programs will find and sign the very best. The best programs get the best specialists. The next best programs get the next best specialists. And so on….

D2, D3, NAIA, etc. need you to recruit them. When Azusa Pacific, Colgate, William & Mary, Wesleyan, Nicholls State etc. need to recruit a specialist, they wait to see who the D1 programs are not able to sign and try to land some of the leftover pieces. Not everyone wants to go to these schools, so they aren’t able to be as selective. They do not have a huge recruiting budget, the same resources, nor the ultimate product to sell. Here is how the conversation goes when a coach from a D3 school calls me, Coach: “I recently got some film from Kicker A. He also recently visited the school and has been showing great interest in our program. What do you think Chris?” Me: “Kicker A is a great kicker. He has been to several camps over the years and has really impressed us. He continues to get better and stronger each time that we see him. He shows great D3 talent and potential.” Over the course of the next several months, depending on the time of this call a relationship between coach and player is formed. Perhaps after that player doesn’t get any D1 offers, he may sign with the program. The financials take much longer to figure out at this level.

You job when it come to D2 & D3 programs:

Get exposure (The same holds true for everything said above). You need to see the big picture. Everyone is not a D1 scholarship kicker, punter, or long snapper. Very few are. Most will fall into this category. There are 800+ Universities and Colleges that offer football. There is a great fit out there for you. In fact, there are most likely several. But YOU have to find them. YOU have to recruit them. Do not wait for them to come calling you. Make calls, send emails, take unofficial visits, go to practices, go to games, follow up, etc. Sign up with NCSA for help! Arrange a date to kick, punt, or long snap for them live. Your sincere interest will land you several college opportunities. These programs can offer partial/full athletic or academic scholarships. The more that they want you, the harder they will work to get you money somehow, someway. Believe me.

Never put all of your eggs in one basket. First and foremost always apply as a student first. Football may not work out due to injury or just lack of talent. If you are a legit D1 specialist, focus on D1 but make sure that you have D2, D3, etc. backups in place. If you are D2/D3 specialist, focus on those levels, but don’t be afraid to reach for the stars (you may improve in your final years). There is a home for everyone. Chris Sailer Kicking sees more specialists than anyone in the world and we still cannot find 800+ college level specialists per year to fill needs at every school. If you approach recruiting with a the correct plan in place you will find a home. Anticipate the ups and downs of recruiting and enjoy the ride. Remember you can make the NFL coming from any college. Take a look at NFL rosters and where the specialists played their college ball. The key is finding the right fit where you can continue to develop your skill. And ultimately, whether you make the NFL or not, the reward at the end will be a college degree from a great school that you most likely would not have received without football.


A Quality Highlight Tape Can Make a Difference…

A quality highlight video showing your kicking/punting skills can be invaluable in the college recruiting process. A video that is professionally filmed and edited will go a long way to show coaches that you are serious about your kicking career.

At Chris Sailer Kicking, we are now pleased to offer highlight tapes of Kickers/Punters who attend our camps. Our experience has taught us what coaches are looking for in a highlight tape, and we provide the angles and results that they wish to see.

When your tape is produced you own it and you are welcome to do with it as you please. We of course suggest you email it to coaches, add it to your Chris Sailer Kicking Player Ranking Profile and your NCSA Player Profile. With YouTube the second largest search engine in the world, you should upload it there as well, making sure you use some appropriate keywords.

You have invested time, hard work, and money into moving forward with your kicking career. Take the next step and get a quality highlight video made. You can learn more about the videos available at Chris Sailer Kicking Camps by visiting our website.




Dustin Hopkins Pinned as a Top Late Round Pick Up in Last Weeks NFL Draft!

Well, the 2013 NFL Draft has come to a close and there were certainly some surprises. It was reasonably evident NFL teams were not in the mood to over-pay for some position players, and many high picks dropped deeply.

Former Chris Sailer Kicking Alum Dustin Hopkins was one of the steals in the draft. That is not just our opinion but that of Elliot Harrison, analyst for NFL .com and the NFL network. Harrison says Hopkins was his favorite lateounder pick. Hopkins was selected at the 177th overall in the draft, in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills.

It is with good reason too. Dustin hit on a Florida State record 145 straight PATs placing him 6th on the all-time NCAA PAT streak list. Dustin was an All-American for 2012 and earned All-ACC recognition in 2011.

In his senior year Hopkins set the NCAA Division I record for points ever scored by a kicker. His record stands at an astounding 448 points.

Prior to the draft, Bleacher Report said that Dustin could become a ten-year kicker in the league. At Chris Sailer Kicking, we couldn’t be prouder to see him get his chance. Congrats to alumni Dustin Hopkins.

Dustin Hopkins