Four of the nation’s top high school kickers train with Dan Orner.

Source: The State

South Carolina is used to producing its share of Division I football talent each year, but not usually when it comes to kickers.

According to 247Sports recruiting rankings for South Carolina, six of the top 40 players are kickers with each of them ranked nationally.

The kicking success hasn’t come by accident, but with hours of hard work and training away from their high schools. Of the six Division I commits, Potter, Brooks (Tennessee commit), DeLong (Alabama commit) and Clover’s Nicholas Sciba (Wake Forest commit) train with Dan Orner, a former North Carolina kicker who played in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings.

Orner, who is based out of Charlotte, has been working with punters and kickers for the past 12 years. Some of his former students are kicking in the NFL, including former Gamecocks kicker Ryan Succop, Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro as well as Bradley Pinion, Connor Barth, Sam Martin and Jeff Locke.

To read more about Orner’s training methods, visit The State.

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