Chris Sailer has been coaching kickers and punters for more than 15 years. In the last three years alone he has sent more than 500 kickers and punters to colleges across the country.
None of them have compared to new Alabama kicker commit Will Reichard. In fact, there may not be a better kicker to come through his elite camp in all his years of coaching specialists.
“I feel like he is the most well-rounded kicker that we have put out in high school probably ever,” Sailer told SEC Country. “I love his makeup both mentally and physically. I think what he has gone through is a big part of that.”
Reichard, the nation’s No. 1 kicker from Hoover (Ala.) High School, committed to the Crimson Tide over Georgia, LSU and Oregon. He was the only kicker Alabama was targeting in the 2019 class, and now the team has its top target at the position.
Sailer has been teaching Reichard since the sixth grade. He was kicking alongside high school kickers back in middle school. Sailer said Reichard always has been years ahead of any other kicker his age.
“If he was in the Class of 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020, he would still be the No. 1 kicker in the country,” Sailer said. “He’s that good. If I brought him to any campus of where my current college starters are, they would be fearful of their job if Will came to compete. I will go a step further. I even believe you could put him in an NFL camp right now. He’s that good. He’s ready for the next level.
“That’s how special Will is. Everyone fears Will, no matter what age he is.”
Reichard will battle for the starting kicking job with Joseph Bulovas, who will be a redshirt sophomore when he gets to campus next season. Bulovas was named co-MVP of the A-Day game in April after making five field goals and three extra points. Reichard said that he has no worries when it comes to competing for the starting job. And why should he worry? Reichard has been somewhat of a kicking prodigy for more than five years.
Reichard becomes Alabama’s 14th commitment in the 2019 cycle and the latest addition to the Tide’s No. 1 class.
SEC Country wrote a long feature about Reichard’s perseverance after losing his father to cancer two years ago. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here. It’ll be hard for you to not root for his success.