On Tuesday he graduated from college and on Wednesday he was on a plane to Scottsdale. He is now shifting gears quickly from the books to trying to be an NFL kicker.
One quick note: Nathan is the Great Grand-Nephew of the legendary Coach from Notre Dame, Ara Parseghian.
Nathan and I have had about a nine year relationship. Many years ago when he was starting high school he attended our River Falls Kicking Camp in River Falls, Wisconsin.
Nathan flew to Scottsdale to get my evaluation on his abilities. All I can say is he gets an A+ as a student and graduate of our River Falls Kicking Camp.
Right from the start he knew his perfect triangle. He executed the One Step Drill perfectly. I saw a couple of minor flaws that we addressed immediately but I must say Nathan looked pretty good.
Nathan was excellent on getting his perfect triangle and approach as you can see in the photo below.
Because his approach was consistent it translated to a 'Perfect' plant which was also very consistent. Nathan for two days made excellent contact on his field goal kicks.
Nathan's form was excellent. In the photo below you see Nathan kicking up and through the ball. Lock and lift from the hip.
The final phase was also perfect. As you see in the photo below Nathan was kicking and skipping down field and transferring his weight.
On Friday we did a field goal workout which will be posted on my website One on One Lessons and my Pro Personnel Section. Nathan was 10 for 10 on his field goals, which ranged from 30 to 50 yards in distance. Then on his 5 bonus field goal he was 3 of 5. Hitting field goals from 53, 54 and 57 yards.
I must say Nathan had an excellent workout. One of the things that really impressed me was the trajectory on his field goal.
Click below to listen to Nathan's Testimonial on being a River Falls Camper and the effect it had on his kicking abilities:
It was a real pleasure working with Nathan and I wish him the best of luck in his pursuit of an NFL career. It is very gratifying as a coach to see the affect you might of had on someones career.
Nathan has the potential and talent. As with all kickers the last three ingredients make the biggest difference in who makes it: Consistency,Confidence and Exposure.