Player Spotlight: Kip Smith

Player Spotlight: Kip Smith

Legacy High School kicker Kip Smith of Broomfield, Colorado over the past two seasons has established himself as one of the top kickers in the western United States.

During his sophomore season, Legacy kicker Kip Smith made headlines as he hit a 56 yard field goal, now going into his senior year, the Broomfield, Colorado product has established himself as a top kicker, not only in Colorado, but in the U.S.

 

Did you go to any camps last summer?

"I went to the University of Colorado kicking camp and I went to the University of West Virginia kicking camp."

 

Are any schools showing interest in you? If so which ones and have any schools made official offers?

"I've got letters, but I assume that once I get my tape and my bio page out to colleges I will get more interest.  Right now I get letters from LSU and Alabama almost every other day. Those are the top two, but I am receiving mail from UCLA, Stanford, San Diego State, West Virginia, and Maryland. No official offers yet."

 

What do you see as the strengths of your game? 
"Right now probably kickoffs are my strength.  I used a 1" tee on kickoffs,(is already the kickoff tee used in college and pro)  and averaged about 70 yards per kick. I had 47/50 kickoffs as touchbacks, 1 was an onside kick. So I really see kickoffs as a strong point."

 

What do you feel you need to work on to be better prepared for the next level?

"There's always room for improvement though.  I need to keep practicing kicking off the ground so I'm more ready for college, but I personally think I need to work on my mental strength. I need more discipline in my technique and doing the same motion no matter what the pressure is, how hard the rush is coming, or if it is a bad snap or hold."

 

What do you bring to a college program?

"First I am a student-athlete. I know that I got to get it done in the classroom first, then football second.  I also think that I bring integrity and hard work ethic.  I am always striving to be the best at what I do.  I was just born with it. With that hard work ethic I believe I can compete at a number 1 starting spot as soon as I step on the campus. I think that I do better when there is competition at my position. But overall I think that I can come in as a freshman and contribute toward the team's success."

 

What is your current GPA?

"Right now my GPA is 3.0."

 

Do you play other sports?

"I used to play soccer for Colorado Rush (one of the best soccer clubs in the West); but this is my first year not playing soccer so I can just focus on football. I am an avid tennis and basketball player but not anything serious."

PrepColorado would like to thank Kip for his help with this story.  If there is a player you feel we should cover, shoot us an e-mail at ColoradoInsider@msn.com

 

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