Belle Vernon rising junior Cameron Guess is No. 1 ranked punter in Class of 2020

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Friday, August 3, 2018 | 3:36 PM


Belle Vernon would like to avoid fourth-down situations and keep the ball moving forward this football season.

But punting shouldn’t be an issue, not with the No. 1 ranked punter in the nation lined up to take the snap.

Incoming junior Cameron Guess has vaulted to the top spot in the latest Kohl’s Kicking Camp ratings for the Class of 2020.

A five-star punter and kicker, he is ranked No. 13 in the latter category.

Guess, known for his driving leg speed, averaged 42 yards per punt last season with a long of 61. He made 31 extra points and recorded 26 touchbacks.

“I have really been focused,” Guess said of his rise to No. 1. “I realized what I have and that I have a chance to be the best, so I dialed in and thought about nothing but competing.”

A number of Division I programs already have shown interest in Guess, including Pitt, Syracuse and Ohio University.

The annual Kohl’s Kicking Camps bring together hundreds of kickers and punters and rate their performances in an effort to help get them seen by college programs.

Guess was ranked No. 5 last week but his results at the most recent camp in Wisconsin boosted him to the top spot.

A two-sport standout, Guess still is deciding if he will play soccer this season for the Leopards.

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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