The field goal kicker is often overlooked and highly misunderstood. He is also one of the most important players on the team. The success and failure of an entire season relies on the cool head and the accurate foot of the kicker as seconds wind down.
Because of having a real cool head and an accurate foot, one kicker that you will be sure hear about this season is Jordan Congdon (5-10, 160, 4.75) from San Diego (Calif.) Saint Augustine.
Congdon was selected all-CIF and all-state for both his sophomore and junior seasons. Student Sports named him All-America as a junior after hitting on seven of 10 field goals with a long of 43 yards. As a punter, he averaged 37 yards with a long of 45 while nailing three punts inside the 20.
Congdon has the good fortune to be tutored in the art of kicking and punting by former NFL place-kicker/punter Evan Arapostaphis, current NFL kicker John Carney and college punter Lance Ortega.
“I could put Jordan in the NFL right now as a field goal kicker and he would be successful,” former NFL kicker/punter and now private kicking coach Evan Arapostaphis said. “Jordan is the best kicker I have seen on the high school level in my 20 years of coaching.”
“I have only said in my 20 years of coaching to five guys that they will make the NFL if they so desired,” Arapostaphis said. “Jordan is one of them.
Brad Dalusio (UCLA and NY Giants), Hayden Epstein (Michigan and Minnesota Vikings) and Matt McBriar (Hawaii and Dallas Cowboys) were three of them.
“Jordan is just a great kid,” Arapostaphis said. “He’s a once in the lifetime kid.”
Congdon is getting a ton of recruiting mail. UCLA, USC, Oregon, Texas, Michigan and Notre Dame lead the list.