I'm not sure what you are looking at but that certainly looks like a black tee that the holder is putting under his hand before the snap. It's hard to see because it is in his shadow, but my eyes see a tee.
Placement tees are small and hard to see on video. On the longer kicks you can clearly see him bending over and picking up a tee after the play.
It's kind of a catch 22. I'm sure in high school since they are legal you'd want to use one to perform your best and get noticed. Kicking without one in college is an adjustment though. Most guys seem to make the transition OK and I hope he's one of them.
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