BC Get's A Kicker

Kickers don't often get a lot of love from the recruiting sites, but there are exceptions. Kicker Nate Freese has found his services in high demand as the recruiting season hits the final stretch. Eagle Insider caught up to the Ohio kicker to get an update on his recruiting.

The Boston College kicking game has been a topic of conversation for years. Lack of consistency on kick-offs and field goals is always a concern when teams usually carry just two scholarship players to handle the kicking duties.

The Eagles may have addressed that for the 2009 season when they got a verbal commitment from Strongsville Ohio kicker Nate Freese. The two-star kicker had offers from Air Force, Toledo, Kansas and was receiving interest from programs in the Big Ten and Big East. On Friday he pulled the trigger and committed to the Eagles.

"I committed to Boston College on Friday. I was there last weekend. It was good and I liked it a lot."

Freese made his official visit with several other prospects the first weekend of the Spaziani era (January 16th through the 18th). His verbal is the third from that weekend.

Asked about what will be expected of him, he said the coaches told him they want him to handle the kick-off duties on game one. "I'm probably going to be kicking off on game one. I'm not sure about place kicking yet, but that's the plan."

The role of the kicker is more than just field goals. Kicking off is just as important as it can dictate field position and limit the opposing return game. Putting the ball in-bounds and in the end zone can be a big weapon for a team.

"I have a strong leg and I'm getting stronger. I'm working out and expect to get a lot stronger."

Last season, Nate put 85% of his kickoffs into the end zone for a touch back. He was also the field goal kicker for his team. He was 8-of-14 for the 2008 season and his longest was 53-yards. He was perfect on extra point attempts, hitting 43-of-43 for the year.

Freese carries a 3.1 GPA and expects to report in the summer with the other freshmen. His commitment brings the 2009 class to 18.

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