Tuesday, August 17, 2010

National Camp Series - Boston, MA - July 23, 2010

Boston, MA Regional Event
Xaverian Brothers High School
July 23, 2010
Overcast / Heavy Thunderstorms / 70 Degrees
Surface: Field Turf

Kickers, punters and long snappers from across New England gathered for
the National Combine Series Boston, Massachusetts Regional Event. Special Teams
Solutions, led by Lee McDonald and with the assistance of Old Dominion University
snapper Jeff Black, ran the event. Specialists battled heavy rain at times but performed
well despite the conditions.

The top field goal performers included varsity division class of 2012 kickers
Michael Baron of Roxbury Latin (MA) and Connor McHugh of Lowell (MA) High
School and who both went 8 of 10 with a long of 47 yards. Baron did so off the ground
while McHugh used a 1” block. “Michael Baron has a good, accurate leg from years of
soccer. He has a passion for kicking. Hits the ball well off the ground and will continue to
improve," says Lee McDonald, Director of Special Teams Solutions. “Connor McHugh
is an accurate kicker with good lift on the ball. Solid leg. Improved kickoff technique
will up his rating," says McDonald. Junior Varsity class of 2013 kicker Justin Johnson
of Campbell (NH) High School also went 8 of 10 on field goals with a long of 42 yards
from a 1” block. “Justin is a good up and coming kicker with solid accuracy and lift on
the ball. More work on mechanics will improve his stock," says McDonald. Freshman
class of 2014 kicker Greg Roder went a perfect 10 of 10 on field goals with a long of 42
yards on a 1’ block. “Greg is a very accurate, strong young kicker who is already off a 1"
tee. Look for big things down the road,” says McDonald. Thomas Bochicchio of Wolcott
(CT) High School led all kickers on kickoffs with a 57 yard / 3.0 seconds hang time
average. “Thomas has a strong leg that needs a bit more work for the next level. He gets
good lift on the ball and can make a big jump if he puts in the work," says McDonald.

There were several impressive snapping prospects on hand. College division
class of 2011 snapper Rick Lovato of Middletown South (NJ) High School led the way
with .78 long snap average from 14 yards. “Rick is a surefire DI snapping prospect.
Has all the tools: size, athleticism, speed, accuracy and poise. Hard worker who will
continue to improve,” says McDonald. Alec Finn of Medford (MA) High School
was not too far behind with a .88 per snap average. “Alec has good accuracy and
speed. Solid athlete with a good frame. Definate college prospect,” says McDonald.