ODENVILLE – It was about a year ago that Kylee Harrell walked onto the St. Clair County Saint football field to be a kicker.
As a freshman, Harrell did not know what to expect from her teammates – who by the way were all guys.
It did not take long at all for her Saint teammates to accept her, and she became the talk of the town as the first female to ever play football at Odenville and in St. Clair County.
She especially won the hearts of Saint fans when she kicked what turned out to be the winning field goal in a 24-21 victory over Springville last year.
Now, a year later, Harrell has gained a lot of confidence and continues to turn heads at kicking camps.
The latest was Brian Jackson’s Team Jackson Kicking Camp held recently at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, a camp she was invited to. Kickers from all across the Southeast and as far away as California – 58 in all -- were at this camp, but Harrell was the only female there.
Jackson played in the NFL and on a couple of Arena League championship teams. He played in 67 pro games and has been coaching for the past 11 years.
Also at the camp was the NFL’s Arizona Cardinal kicker Danny Hrapmann.
“He was good, and gave me some instructions on kickoffs,” Harrell said. “This camp helped me a lot. I’m looking forward to this year. I am so much more excited about this year than I was last year. It’s going to be fun.”
The camp helped Harrell with technique, form, accuracy, distance and discipline. The longest field goal Harrell kicked while at the camp was from 43 yards out, which helped her win a trophy for being the Most Improved Specialist.
“It was a two-day camp, and it was fun,” Harrell said. “The guys have accepted me. It does not bother me to be the only girl out there. I know half the kickers at these camps, so it’s fine.”
Harrell is 15 years old and will be a sophomore at SCCHS this year.