Jared Zirkel

Tivy’s Jared Zirkel practices punting during the Kicking world National Showcase last weekend at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock. Zirkel won the kickoff competition, averaging 75 yards per kickoffs.

During the past four months, Jared Zirkel received a wave of congratulations for his record-breaking field goal. At times, the praise overwhelmed him.

Random strangers showered him with compliments during grocery shopping trips at H-E-B. Other people interrupted Zirkel’s meals at Bonzai to applaud him.

“It was just constant,” Zirkel said over the phone on Monday.

On Sept. 7, The Tivy junior attained instant celebrity status in Kerrville and in the kicking community when he booted a 59-yard field goal during the Antlers’ 57-41 win over Fredericksburg at Antler Stadium. Last weekend, he proved he is still one of the best kicking prospects in the nation, securing the Kickoff championship at Kicking World National Showcase at Dragon Stadium in Round Rock. To win the event, Zirkel had to beat 60 other participants from 20 states. During the first day of competition, he averaged 75 yards on kickoffs, blasting multiple kickoffs over 80 yards.

While he finished tied for second in the field goal competition, he still showcased his long-range ability, connecting on a 60-yard field goal.

“Jared clearly had the biggest leg at camp,” said Kicking World founder, Brent Grablachoff, who has Zirkel ranked as one of the top kicking prospects in the 2020 class. “It confirms our assessment of him and further validates his ability.”

Zirkel split kicking duties with older cousin Jasen Zirkel this season. Jasen was responsible for extra-points and short-range field goals, while Jared juggled kick-off, punting and long-range field goal responsibilities. Jared Zirkel capitalized on his opportunities. He consistently launched kickoffs through the back of the end zone, averaged 36 yards per punt to help Tivy win the field position battle and connected on three field goals over 46-yards, including the game-winning field goal in Tivy’s 30-27 win over Boerne Champion on Sept. 21.

His powerful leg helped Tivy finish with an 11-2 record.

Naturally, that golden leg has attracted interested from several Division-I schools. He hasn’t officially received an offer, but he has remained in contact with several Division-I coaches throughout the season. He hopes to decide on where he’s going to play before his senior season.

He will have an opportunity to boost his recruiting profile during his senior season. With Jasen Zirkel set to graduate this May, Jared will likely handle all of Tivy’s kicking responsibilities during the 2019 season. Grablachoff believes this will allow Jared Zirkel to convince more college programs he can consistently make field goals from any distance.

“Because he shared duties with his cousin at Tivy, Jared didn’t get into a routine as he was solely utilized for long field goals and kickoffs,” Grablachoff said. “As he takes on all kicking duties this coming senior season, I feel he’ll get an opportunity to exploit his overwhelmingly powerful leg and build on becoming a more consistent field goal kicker.

“This will in turn earn him scholarship offers from big time football programs.”

“This season went really well,” Jared Zirkel added. “Hopefully, I get to do everything next year, so we will see how that goes.”

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