HIS RECRUITING STORY
Sleepovers aside, the number one kicker in the nation was a wanted man throughout the recruiting process. With the initial heat on by the Wolverines, it appeared that the in-state kicker was destined to become a Wolverine. However, the tides changed and Nordin would eventually commit to Penn State. The Wolverines would later turn on the heat and remain on hot pursuit for the Nittany Lion commit. The talk was that it was only a matter of time before Nordin flipped to the Wolverines. He stuck with his PSU pledge until late in the process when he eventually decommitted.
SCOUTING REPORT (via Kornblue Kicking)
"Holds 20+ FBS scholarship offers. Quinn is currently the Fab 50’s #1 nationally ranked kicker for the class of 2016. He is one of the strongest placekickers in the nation and continues to make gains with his consistency and accuracy. Quinn has trained exclusively with Kornblue Kicking since middle school. He spent four days of private training in January 2015 with Coach Kornblue in Naples, FL. During the training, he drilled a 65 yard FG off the ground (can be seen on our Twitter page). His ability to get great height, ball rotation, and distance on FG’s as a high school junior sparked national recruiting interest. At our Ohio Fab 50 Camp (July 2014), Quinn charted four monster kickoffs (with a 5-10 mph wind): 81/3.91, 75/3.97, 75/3.75, 77/3.8. His worst charted kickoff traveled 64 yards. He also continues to improve as a punter. Best punt at that camp charted 4.66/41 yards. Quinn has a great work ethic, athleticism, and toughness. He’s also gained significant recruiting attention as a high level lacrosse player but is focused on playing football in college."
"It's an in-state school," Nordin said. "It's about two hours way from my house and how could I not? It's what I would like to say. Jim Harbaugh, coach Harbaugh, is a great guy and coach Partridge is someone who has really changed recruiting for me. He's helped me out, he's been a great mentor and I could call him whenever I need anything, he always has my back. Coach Partridge is doing a great job but I'll be up there January 15th through the 17th for my official visit."
With the emergence of Kenny Allen last season, the need for a kicker isn't as big as it once was heading into last season. Michigan could do a number of things with the special teams this season (including shuffling the punter around). It wouldn't be a surprise to see Nordin redshirt his freshman season. Landing the number one kicker in the nation is a good thing to have on the roster.