Recruiting is fun because you never know who might become a star that didn’t necessarily jump off the page. For every Peter Woods, there is a Khalil Barnes. For every Barrett Carter there is a Wade Woodaz.
One name that wasn’t leaving much doubt in high school was kicking specialist Nolan Hauser from Hough High School in Cornelius, North Carolina.
Here is what SBNation said about Hauser when they named him to their national high school All-American team.
"Hauser broke the national high school record for career field goals in September, booting his 57th with a 48-yard drive. The Clemson signee added nine more to leave the record at 66 with a career-long of 53, and he did much more than drill 3-pointers as a senior. He also averaged 39.2 yards per punt and had 59 touchbacks on 69 kickoffs in 2023."- SBNation
We know Hauser is talented, but the other variable that must fall into place for a freshman to be a difference-maker is opportunity. I think most of you know the struggles at kicker last season.
With Jonathan Weitz exhausting eligibility, it appears that the starting placekicker role is Hauser’s as long as he performs the way he did in high school.