Todd Covington All-Star Kicking in Arizona (Photo: Shauntae Covington)
NCS Super Camp: Todd Covington Kicking places winners in practically every age group
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Originally, the headline was going to be about Grassfield kicker Amanda Shepps, who is the first female kicker to qualify for the NCS Super Camp.
The NCS Super Camp showcases kickers, punters and long snappers from around the nation. It’s a showcase event for top specialists.
Todd Covington All-Star Kicking and the Commonwealth of Virginia were represented by 12 athletes, plus a Pro Senior Combine athlete in Anthony Prevost, who kicked at Thomas Dale and Hampton University. Prevost is NFL Draft eligible and had a brilliant showcase performance.
At the middle school level, Jordan Etz of Williamsburg earned second place in all categories; field goals, kickoffs and punts.
Local athletes swept the freshman division. Kempsville kicker Ian Armstrong made 9 of 10 field goals, earning first place in the category. Armstrong averaged almost 34 yards on punts.
At the sophomore level, Jack Dawson (Jamestown HS) was tops in kickoffs with an average of 56.6 yards, and second in Field Goals. Indian River’s Thaddeus Blackburn was seven for 10 in field goals finishing fourth in FG and second in punts.
Grassfield’s Amanda Shepps qualified to be a member of the US National Team with her performance.
“Amanda nailed a 45-yard field goal, splitting the uprights, under pressure. She amazed everybody there,” said Covington.
“Seth Deaton, Kyle Miller, Isaiah Howard were all top charters as well. Anthony Prevost got eight out of 10 on field goals and was a stand out at the event along with being a coach to the kids,” Covington remarked. “There are no words to describe the intensity of how proud of all these athletes, and the gratitude I have to their families for their support, and to Husted Kicking and NCS for their stellar organization providing opportunities for all these athletes.”
– Andy Hilton