When it comes to getting recognition on the football field, the skilled position players are the most recognizable and most memorable.

Kickers and punters, however, are rarely given much love, but Jackson’s Ethan Crabtree is currently getting plenty of attention entering the new year.

That’s because Crabtree is ranked in the top-25 in the country after returning from the Kohl’s Winter Showcase Camp in Chicago, Illinois last month.

Kohl’s kicking camp, which holds showcases across the nation ranked the Jackson High School sophomore as a 4.5 star, and he is currently ranked as the 23rd best kicker in the class of 2024.

“To be honest, it has been truly overwhelming,” Crabtree said. “It is a great feeling. Being able to show the nation that you can do what you love doing is pretty great.”

After his 4.5-star ranking, it should open doors for Crabtree to start receiving interest from college recruiters going into next season.

“From everything I’ve noticed, kickers, punters, and place-kickers don’t normally start receiving interest from college coaches until their junior year,” said Crabtree.

Participants attempted field goals from various lengths on the field. They also performed kickoff duties that were graded on length and hangtime.

Rankings and profiles have recently been published after the completion of Kohl's camps.

Crabtree’s profile reads, “Crabtree recently competed at the Kohl’s 2021 Winter Showcase event. He showed leg strength above his class on kickoffs with a 66-yard 3.8-second hit. He has the tools to be a dominant specialist in the 2024 class. While competing at the 2021 Kohl's National Scholarship Camp, Crabtree showed tremendous improvement. He hit a big ball during the kickoff charting of 57 yards with 3.4 seconds of hang time while adding on 20 points during the field goal portion of camp. Crabtree has very smooth and consistent mechanics, and as he continues to develop and add strength, he will continue to progress at a rapid pace.”

Crabtree attended Kohl’s instructional camp when he was in the eighth grade and attended his first showcase during his freshman year.

“I had a terrible camp (last year),” Crabtree said about his performance in 2020. “I finished as a three-star, which I was super excited about.”

Crabtree was named honorable mention on the all-Ohio football team in Division III after an impressive performance on the gridiron during his sophomore campaign at Jackson. He finished 63 of 64 on extra-point tries and was 6 of 8 on field-goal attempts, with his longest being from 42-yards during the Ironmen’s opening round of the playoffs against Columbus South.

The son of Amanda and H.D. Crabtree, Ethan has received an invitation to attend the Rising Stars Camp, a two-day event in Florida this month.