When it comes to specialists, Mississippi SEC schools are tops


Here’s one thing Mississippi’s bitter rival SEC schools can agree on–they have the SEC’s top-rated kicker and top-rated punter coming to their home state.

Here’s a look at the best five kicking specialists in this year’s SEC recruiting class (high school recruits only).

EDITOR’S NOTE: All references to ratings come from the 247Sports.com composite ranking

1. Gary Wunderlich–Ole Miss

  • Memphis University (Memphis, Tenn.), 6-0/180
  • The skinny: Wunderlich is rated the No. 2 placekicking prospect in America and he was recently in the Under Armour Game. The kicker got early scholarship offers, which is rare for his position.

2. J.K. Scott–Alabama commit

  • J.K. Mullen (Denver, Colo.), 6-4/185
  • The skinny: Scott is a big kid with good range and he has been on board with the Crimson Tide since June.

3. Aaron Medley–Tennessee commit

  • Calera (Ala.), 6-3/215
  • The skinny: Oklahoma and Texas A&M also offered this kicker/punter–and he could do both for the Vols when he reaches campus. He also was selected to participate in the Under-Armour Game.

4. Cole Hedlund–Arkansas commit

  • Argyle (Texas), 5-10/170
  • The skinny: This Razorbacks commitment turned heads when he actually kicked 24 field goals as a senior, landing him on several national all-star teams. The kid is automatic, and probably should be ranked higher.

5. Logan Cooke–Mississippi State commit

  • Columbia Academy (Columbia, Miss.), 6-5/200
  • The skinny: Cooke, like most of the others above, is a very good punter/placekicker combo. He hit a 46-yard field goal, but he also averaged 44 yards per punt. Honestly, any of the above players could be switched around.

Here are the SEC’s top ranked commits by position prior to National Signing Day:



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  • There is no doubt that Wunderlich is the best. They say he is good from 55 yards. One of the 247 sports writers said he saw he try a 59 yard field goal that came up a foot short, but was right down the middle. It’s not the distance that the coaches love so much, it is how accurate he is. He is going to win a lot of games for Ole Miss these next four years.