Posted: 3:51 pm Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Around the area: Dwyer’s Puyol one of 2012′s best; Bulls, Bobcats wait 

By Matt Porter

A good kicker is a lucky find, and Dwyer is one of the area’s luckier teams.

Puyol tees off against Atlantic. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Puyol tees off against Atlantic. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Junior Bobby Puyol is one of the area’s most consistent kickers, putting most of his kickoffs into — or out of — the end zone. This season, Puyol hit a 50-yard field goal against Jupiter and missed just three of 67 point-after attempts (95.5 percent).

Chris Sailer Kicking, a California-based recruiting service for kickers, punters and long snappers, ranks him No. 9 nationally in the Class of 2012, No. 1 among Florida kickers.

“Bobby is an excellent kicker,” reads his profile on the Chris Sailer Kicking website. “A good looking athlete, that [sic] kicks that shows great leg strength and consistency. One of the better field goal kickers in his class.  Also very solid on kickoffs.  Should be a top scholarship prospect in the class of 2012.”

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Puyol is also Dwyer’s backup quarterback. In relief of senior Jacoby Brissett this season, he has thrown for 160 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-20 passing.

Bicknell waiting for offers: Boca Raton senior kicker David Bicknell was in Cambridge, Mass. this weekend, taking in the Harvard-Yale game.

Harvard is one of the schools Bicknell is considering, though he doesn’t have any offers. Harvard, Miami and Minnesota are interested in Bicknell (No. 35 on the Big Board).

With college football seasons ending soon, many local prospects — kickers or otherwise — can expect more offers to come.

“He’s got a bunch of schools high on his list,” Boca Raton coach Keith Byars said.

Byars said he’s “grooming a bunch of puppies” to take over for Bicknell next season, but he doesn’t anticipate anyone matching his performance. Bicknell was 23-of-24 in point-after attempts, and hit field goals of 50 and 49 yards.

“David’s pretty special,” Byars said. “You don’t get a David Bicknell every year. He’s the complete package on and off the field. I’d coach him all day.”

In other Boca Raton recruiting news, Byars said senior athlete Cameron Lewis (No. 39 on the Big Board) has interest from Mid-American Conference schools. Also, senior lineman Sean Ronan (No. 54 on the Big Board) has interest from Georgetown, Dartmouth and Penn. Neither have official offers.

Bulls play waiting game: West Boca Raton kicker Mauro Bondi is one of several Bulls who are playing the waiting game.

“I think Miami’s heavy on him,” coach Willie Dodaro said of Bondi. “He’s been doing some things to get ready for them.”

Dodaro said most colleges have told Bondi to wait until December, when they have a clearer picture of what scholarships they have to offer.

“That’s the word he gets — hang on,” Dodaro said. “UCF’s interested in him, Miami’s interested in him big time. He’s had contact with Alabama. He’s going to go with whoever’s offering him first.”

Bondi (No. 50 on the Big Board) has a long field goal of 44 yards this season.

Lockhart

Lockhart

Teammate Robert Lockhart could play wide receiver or safety at the next level, but he doesn’t know where that will be.

One of the top basketball players in the area, Lockhart (No. 40 on the Big Board) didn’t play football last year after transferring from American Heritage. He played football for the Stallions as a freshman.

“He’s just coming onto the radar now,” coach Willie Dodaro said of Lockhart, who has shown the ability to make highlight-reel grabs, and on defense had 13 tackles against a strong Olympic Heights team. “Now they’re finding out he’s here.”

Lockhart has an offer from Florida International, and has expressed an interest in playing basketball and football.

Teammate Corey King also has an offer from FIU. Dodaro said “all the locals” — FAU, FIU and UCF — have been to West Boca to see King, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end. Marshall has asked for film of King. “They’ve been very interested in him,” Dodaro said.

Dodaro said Middle Tennessee visited West Boca to see quarterback Alex Prakas, who has started for the Bulls the last two seasons. Prakas has interest from two small Division 3 colleges, Methodist University and Chestnut Hill College, and Slippery Rock, and NAIA school Minot State.

Prakas completed 71 of 150 passes for 1,107 yards, 7 touchdowns and 5 interceptions for the Bulls, who lost 32-30 to Blanche Ely in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals.

“He’s only getting better as he goes along. A kid with that size, that strength of his arm, he’ll fit into someone’s package,” Dodaro said of Prakas, who carries about 190 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame. “He’s going to be a big boy. He has the mechanics, but he’s only played two years.”