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Leon High's kicker, Jack Brooks thrives on the pressure of the last kick

Posted at 11:42 PM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 23:42:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — It's often said that a football team's kicker is the most hated or loved guy on the team depending on the last kick.

It's pressure Leon High's Jack Brooks thrives off.

Football has always been a sport that Brooks wanted to take to the next level.

"I've played football my whole life," said Brooks.

He's a wide receiver turned kicker.

"At the time, my size wasn't there and kicking was fun that I really enjoyed," Brooks said.

He just so happens to be good at it too. Brooks won a National competition earlier this month and in one poll, he's the 14th best kicker in the country for the Class of 2022.

"I didn't realize I'd be 3rd in the state, 14th in the country," said Brooks. "But I did have a good day so I'm really happy about it."

His happiness only makes him more motivated.

"There's 13 people ahead of me," he said.

Brooks wants to be on top.

"On any given day, anyone can fall, so I'm just going to take it in stride and continue onto the next camp and hope to improve my ranking each time," said Brooks.

Getting better, one day at a time.

"Really focusing each day on one to two things that we can improve on to get the ball three to five more yards each day," Brooks said, "and really focusing on little techniques that make you more accurate and make you more dialed in."

Dialed in to take his game to the next level.

Brooks and Leon High are set to start practicing on September 11 and their first game will be on September 25.