Projected top players by position: Georgia’s specialists rank among nation’s best

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Our series on Georgia’s best players at each position concludes with specialists.

*Brooks Buce, Greater Atlanta Christian: Buce made 12 of 17 field-goal attempts, with 50 and 52 yarders. Buce put 58 of 87 kickoffs in the end zone. He punted for a 38.4-yard average and is rated the No. 11 punter among seniors nationally by Chris Sailer Kicking.

*Jake Camarda, Norcross: Camarda, rated the No. 1 junior punter nationally by Kohl’s Kicking, was Gwinnett County’s leading punter last season, when he averaged 40.4 yards. He also was MaxPreps’ first-team sophomore All-America punter. He is a good place-kicker (3-for-3 with a long of 49) and often kicks off for Norcross.

*Juwan Gibbs, Eastside (6-0, 210): Gibbs, a senior, averaged 45.0 yards on 28 punts last season. He put 10 inside the 20-yard line. He was first-team all-state in Class AAAA.

*Cole Hanna, Norcross: Hanna was 12 of 14 on field goals, with a long of 37, and 28 of 29 on extra points. Hanna and Camarda give Norcross the best kicking duo in the highest classification. Hanna is probably more accurate, with Camarda having the stronger leg.

*Brooks Hosea, Blessed Trinity (6-0, 170): Hosea made 13 of 16 field goals, with a long of 43, and 57 of 57 extra points last season. His punting average was only 34.1 yards, but he put 10 of 31 attempts inside the 20.

*Brenton King, Mill Creek: Chris Sailer Kicking rates King as the No. 1 place-kicker prospect in Georgia. King made 18 of 27 field-goal attempts, hitting from 50 and 51 yards. He scored 119 points and had 67 touchbacks. Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and others are recruiting him.

*Nathan Robertson, Northside (Columbus): Robertson made 8 of 13 field-goal attempts and didn’t miss an extra point (27-27). He put 28 of 42 kickoffs in the end zone. He has made field goals of 52 and 54 yards in his career. He could become Northside’s first AJC first-team all-state player. He was on GHSF Daily’s preseason all-state team.

*Anthony Robledo, Cass: Robledo was 8 of 9 on field goals and 31 of 32 on extra points. His longest FG was 44 yards.

*Matt Smith, Roswell: This is Georgia’s best senior long snapper, according to Kohl’s Kicking. He’s No. 17 nationally and can expect to get a college opportunity. “His value to us is pretty significant,” Roswell coach John Ford said. “He is outstanding.”

*Alex Usry, Eagle’s Landing Christian: Usry made 9 of 11 field goals and 66 of 68 extra points and put 52 of 90 kickoffs in the end zone. He averaged 39.3 yards on 35 punts. Usry is ranked the No. 10 senior place-kicker nationally by Kornblue Kicking.

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