The Pittsburgh Panthers landed one of the top punters and kickoff specialists in the country in the class of 2020. He is from Pittsburgh as well and played at Belle Vernon High School. Cameron Guess.
Guess will be joining Pitt as a preferred walk-on. But, when current kicker Alex Kessman graduates after the 2020 season, it’s more than likely that Guess will be put on scholarship. This is just for the fact it’s pretty odd to have two kickers on scholarship since you can only have on the field at a time.
At Belle Vernon High School, he handled kicking and punting and trained with Kohl’s Kicking Camps. He was once ranked the number one kicker in the nation, but now he has fallen to 51st. He is still a top 10 punter; Kohl’s has him ranked ninth and seventh for 247Sports. During his recruitment process, he also had offers from Kent State, Toledo, and West Virginia.
Guess, during his last two seasons, he has attempted 112 extra points and made 108 of those attempts. He also made one of his two field-goal attempts.
This season, he has had 83 kickoffs and resulted in having 56 touchbacks. His average kickoff length this season was 50 yards, and the longest kickoff he had was 69 yards!
On punting duty, Guess had averaged 41 yards a punt, as well as a long of 52. He also gets great height under the ball, which allows for great coverage on punt returns. This should transfer to his college repertoire, and he should be known for having a great boot.
Guess should be the purebred start after Kessman leaves, but he could see time in big lead situations or just to give him a little college experience. As of late, Pitt has been blossoming some powerful kickers, and watching Guess develop should be interesting.