2006: Kicker Kai Forbath

He's been called the best kicker in the country, and <b>Kai Forbath</b> is just following in the footsteps of a former Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame kicker who was also considered the best, former Bruin Chris Sailer. Forbath attended UCLA's Junior Day Saturday...

Ten years ago, UCLA brought in the nation's premier high school kicker, Chris Sailer, who eventually was named an All-American both as a punter and kicker for the Bruins.

Fast forward a decade and the Knights again have arguably the nation's finest kicker, in Kai Forbath (6-1, 175).

Forbath, fittingly, has spent time under the tutelage of Sailer, attending his numerous camps.

"Chris has been a great help to me. We've talked about doing both punting and kicking and he explained to me that it isn't normal, his situation just needed him to do both. I'd like to just placekick, but if I had to do both, it would be okay," said Forbath.

Kickers don't often earn scholarship offers early, if at all, but Forbath has one to his name, and a few other schools he's hearing from. "Northwestern has offered me, and I'm hearing from UCLA, Oregon and USC," said Forbath.

Forbath attended UCLA's Junior Day last weekend, and spent time with special teams coach Brian Schneider. He also came away with good things to say about the school in general. "I was very impressed with the school. It's a great campus. It was great to meet all of the coaches too," said Forbath.

A soccer player for much of his life, Forbath found the gridiron as a freshman, and the addition to his repertoire is paying dividends. As a junior, Forbath was 19-for-21 from field goals, with a 52-yarder his longest of the year, and hit on all 73 PATs he attempted. In addition, he averaged 45 yards per punt. For his efforts, he was the lone junior named to the EA Sports All-American Team, as well as an easy All-CIF pick.

With kickers not typically participating in Nike Camps or other training camps, Forbath will focus on the Sailer Kicking Camps, while considering some college camps.

"I'll have to look at my schedule and see which college camps I can visit," said Forbath.

Forbath isn't rushing his decision, likely waiting until the fall at the earliest before making a choice. He isn't getting pressure from his parents but acknowledges that they would like him to stay in the Pac-10.

Holding a 3.2 GPA, he will take the SAT in the Spring.


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