Jaxon Sellers is one of the best players from the Stanley, NC area in the Class of 2022.
The 6-foot, 150-pound Sellers, who attends East Lincoln High School, has built a reputation for being a top-notch kicker.
Sellers, who was a member of Youth1’s Freshman450 list last year, explains his strengths on the field.
“One of my biggest strengths is my mindset – having the ability to block out negativity or crowd noise and focus on successfully completing my job. This is huge for a kicker,” Sellers said. “All eyes are on you at the moment that potential game winning field goal is kicked. Great kickers have to be mentally tough and be able to perform under pressure.”
Sellers shares the aspects of playing his position that he enjoys.
“I enjoy showing people that kickers do matter. Kickers are often the unsung heroes or zeros in some cases. I like making a difference for my team and putting points on the board. I like providing my team an option on fourth down and long when they are inside the 25-yard-line,” Sellers said. “It is kind of cool to be the only one on the team that does what I do, as opposed to being one of five of the team’s wide receivers. I like that I have a specific and unique role on the team.”
Sellers patterns his play after this standout.
“Matt Bryant is definitely one of my favorites. He is very mentally tough and once played a game the day after the death of his young son. He also went 12 seasons without a missed extra point. Honestly, I look up to all NFL kickers. Making the NFL is hard for anyone and kickers are often unrecognized as far as their overall value,” Sellers said. “Sometimes, because kickers do not participate in all team drills, their teammates do not think they work as hard. Kickers are often separately working on field goals and kickoffs on the game field while the rest of the team is on the practice field, so the kickers are sometimes treated like an insignificant part of the team. Of course, things change once they make that game winning field goal – at least for that game night anyway.”
Sellers has a strong passion for the game of football. This is shown through his actions and behavior on the field.
“My favorite part is having a game time opportunity to come through for my team. Teams with good, consistent kickers have an advantage over a team that does not have one. I want to give my team an edge and add value with my playing contribution,” Sellers said. “I particularly enjoy a successful recovery of an onside kick. The team and crowd get so excited. It can be a great momentum changer. And, of course after the games, I love seeing the look on my mom’s face and how proud she is.”
Sellers does his best to show strong leadership to his teammates. It’s important to Sellers that he sets a positive example on his peers.
“I come to every single practice and team meeting with a positive attitude, ready to work hard. I believe leadership is best shown through actions rather than words,” Sellers said. “I tell my teammates to focus on the present, not the future. Not that the future is not something to plan for, but don’t spend so much time planning and dreaming about the future, that you forget the things that you need to be doing now. Stay steady, work hard, set goals for improvement, excel in your academic classes, do your best always – if you accomplish these things, the future should fall into place.”
Sellers has improved in many aspects since being selected to the Freshman450. Sellers excitedly lists the strides he’s made in the last year.
“I feel I am progressing very well as a football player. In the last year, I have added at least 10 yards to my distance of where I kick consistent field goals. I have also added about 15 yards to my kickoff average distance and increased their hang times,” Sellers said. “I have three more years of high school ball to play, so I feel if I continue working hard, I will be ready to play at the college level.”
Sellers discusses what he’s been up to lately.
“I attended a Kornblue Kicking camp in March of 2019 and earned an invitation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Kicking Academy. To prepare and continue improving my skills, I worked with my kicking coaches regularly with one-on-one sessions. I also attended Top Team Sports Performance on a weekly basis,” Sellers said. “Top Team works with athletes to provide a comprehensive strength and conditioning and wellness plan, in order to maximize performance while decreasing the risk of injury. They have helped increase my flexibility and mobility which are important with kicking.”
Sellers lists recent achievements he’s proud of.
“In the fall of 2018, I was the starting kicker for the JV and made over 80 percent of my PATs. There was a varsity game where the senior kicker was injured and I was moved up to varsity to play that game. My first varsity kickoff was over 50 yards and my team downed the opponent at the 1-yard line,” Sellers said. “That same game I was 1-for-1 on PATs and field goals, kicking a 25-yarder that night. This season, I will be the starting kicker on the varsity team as a sophomore.”
Sellers outlines what he needs to work on to take his game to the next level.
“My field goals are very consistent from the 35-40 yard range. Although I am always striving to improve that consistent distance, high school football typically does not present many game time opportunities to kick a lot farther than that. Because of that, I am now focusing on being able to consistently kick touchbacks on my kickoffs,” Sellers said. “I need about another five yards on average to accomplish this. Last season I was 82 percent on my PATs. I would like to increase that to at least 90 percent or above this season.”
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Article written by Rolando Rosa.
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