Typically after a player commits to PSU, we have a Scout.com expert provide analysis. But since breaking down specialists is a unique skill, we decide to go straight to a kicking expert for feedback.
Brandon Kornblue is a former kicker at Michigan who now runs the Kornblue Kicking special teams camps. And he also happens to be Nordin's kicking mentor.
Nordin is a tough, hardworking athlete, Kornblue said. He is one of the strongest kickers in the nation, and with his continuous hard work will want to be the strongest kicker in this class.
Nordin (pronounced Nor-DEEN) is widely considered the top kicker in the Class of 2016. Kornblue said James Franklin and his staff were in on Nordin early, which played a key role in luring him away from programs closer to home.
Nordin holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State and a host of other programs.
We had talks during the recruitment process where he would stress out, Kornblue said. We were not expecting all the offers, but Penn State got on him early and that is one key reason why he chose the Nittany Lions over home state Wolverines.
Kornblue said the strong-legged Nordin has focused on refining his technique and is already comfortable kicking the ball of the ground.
I don't think he will come in and be the starter from Day One, Kornblue said. He will have to earn the starting job from walk-on Joey Julius. Julius is the starter right now, but this will be great competition for both kids. I worked with Julius, as well. He needs to work on his technique for him to gain the coaching staff's trust.
Kornblue said Nordin is not slated to attend any college camps this summer, but will be at a Kornblue Kicking camp in Dayton later this month.