Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 14, 2013

Tribe's Travis ranked among top high school kickers in nation

Jay Neal
Jacksonville Daily Progress



HATTIESBURG, Miss. — It seems as though everyone likes to get in on a little secret now and then.

Many fans of the Jacksonville Fight'n Indian football team may be unaware of the fact that the team's placekicker/punter, senior Ryan Travis, ranks among the best high school competitors in the United States.

Travis' lofty placing really should not be a surprise; after all the son of Todd and Brenda Travis was named to the 16-4A All-District team last season and did drill a 50-yard field goal in the Indians' end-of-spring-practice scrimmage game in late May.

Since that time the young Travis has been extremely busy and has been working diligently in getting even better in hopes of landing a college scholarship when his days at JHS are done.

For starters, Ryan Travis took part in the Tribe's voluntary summer strength and conditioning workout program.

He also attended camps at Texas A&M, Texas State University and at Southern Methodist University.

Another Ryan Travis endeavor, who is also a member of the Jacksonville boy's soccer team, was his taking part in the Texas Kick-off and Snap-off competition and National Camp series.

In late July Ryan Travis journeyed down to Hattiesburg, Miss. To experience the Ray Guy Prokicker Camp.

Ray Guy knows a thing or two about the art of kicking as he was gobbled up in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft — Guy is the only punter to have been selected in the opening round of the draft.

As a member of the Oakland Raiders Guy's foot earned him a spot in the Pro Bowl seven times.

Ryan Travis' time with Guyseems to have paid off handsomely.

The Tribe kicking specialist placed second overall at the camp and was named as a top prospect by prokicker.com.

According to the latest figures released by prokicker.com, Travis ranks as the No. 18 high school place kicking prospect in America. He is also in the top 100 among punters.

For those that are interested in crunching the numbers, Ryan Travis' average kick off travels 61.5 yards, with his longest effort netting a distance of 63 yards.

The average hang time on his kick offs is 3.79 seconds — his best has been 4.07.

As for field goals, Ryan Travis has an 80-percent success rate.

The proof is in the pudding and the numbers don't lie; Ryan Travis' right leg can be listed among the Tribe football assets this year.