K, MONTVERDE ACADEMY
RICKY AGUAYO HASN’T HAD MUCH of a chance yet to show what he can do at Montverde Academy, where he made three of four field goals last
season. His long was 33 yards, and his miss was
at 37. But there is a reason the junior is ranked
by some as the No. 1 prep kicker in the nation.
Start with his bloodlines: His brother, Roberto Aguayo, won the 2013-’ 14 Lou Groza Award
given to the nation’s top collegiate kicker.
As a redshirt freshman last season, Roberto
helped lead Florida State to a national title by
making all 94 of his extra-point tries and 21
of 22 field goals. His only miss was wide right
from 43 yards.
But Ricky has more than just his brother’s suc-
cess going for him. He has shown his own talents
at kicking camps and in practice, where his best
effort is a 60-yard field goal with no rush.
Montverde coach Brian Treweek uses Aguayo
on extra points, field goals, kickoffs and punts,
although the latter is not his forte.
“He gets the ball up in a hurry with exceptional
carry,” Treweek said of Aguayo’s field goals. “On
kickoffs, he gets great hang time and can kick
it into a corner if we need. He’s very accurate.”
Aguayo made 35 of 36 extra-point tries last
season. And at a camp in Wisconsin, he hit two
kickoffs with more than 4.0 seconds of hang
time – anything over 3. 7 is considered good.
“[This summer], kicking with my brother,
I had one kickoff that went 74 yards with 3. 8
hang time,” said Aguayo, who is 6-foot- 1 and
173 pounds. “That’s my best one.”
Aguayo, who speaks some Spanish, grew up
competing in soccer, a sport also played by his
Mexican-born father. But at age 9 – on his first
try – he made an extra point in a youth-league
“The first time I kicked a football, you could
tell I hit the sweet spot because it shot straight
up,” he said, “and it had that flight and rotation.”
By the time he reached the eighth grade,
Aguayo had given up soccer to focus on football. He wants to study criminal justice in college, but make no mistake about which three
letters he is zoned in on. Making the NFL is his
priority over the FBI or CIA.
DT, BRADENTON MANATEE
THE Y CALLED HIM “COLORADO KID” at first because that was pretty much all anybody knew about massive de- fensive tackle Ryan Fines at the time.
He transferred in from Colorado in January
of his sophomore year. But, by the time he was
a junior, the coaches at Bradenton Manatee
were amazed at what Fines could do.
“On the first play of his first game with us,
The Miami Hurricanes were certainly im-
the other team double-teamed Ryan, and he
just swatted them both away like a big bear
and made the tackle,” Manatee quarter-
backs coach Chris Conboy said. “That’s what
he’s best at – taking on a double-team and
not giving up ground.”
Conboy said Manatee prides itself on ac-
curate measurements of its athletes and
added that Fines is a legitimately big kid at
6-foot- 3 5/8 and 314 pounds. He also shows
good speed for his size at 5. 2 seconds in the
40 with impressive explosion over 10 yards.
pressed and Fines accepted their scholarship
offer in February.
“Academically, Miami is a good school,” said
Fines, who has a 3. 5 GPA and plans on majoring
in Finance. “I also like the family atmosphere
between the coaches and the players.”
Fines had offers from Arizona and other
Pac- 12 schools, but perhaps it is no surprise
he chose to remain in the Sunshine State.
“It’s snowing right now in Colorado,” Fines
“I like making big hits,” he said. “That jazzes
said with a laugh. “I love the weather here.”
Indeed, Fines has made a seamless transi-
tion to Florida – his favorite NFL team is now
the Tampa Bay Bucs – but there are certain
aspects of his life that still show traces of his
old “Colorado Kid” persona. Fines still plays
hockey, lacing up his skates as a defense-
man for a Manatee County youth-league
team. But that’s just a hobby. Fines’ future
is firmly rooted in football. He said the Hur-
ricanes want to use him at nose guard when
they run their 3-4 defense and at defensive
tackle when they go 4-3. Either way, Fines will
be hunting running backs like a bad bear.