The kicker position in football is far from the glamour status that quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs enjoy. Even more so when things don’t go their way (see Dan Goodale or Kyle Brotzman, Boise State). But the Charlotte 49ers added another essential piece to their inaugural team recently when they picked up a verbal from Blake Brewer, a ’13 from Cannon (NC).
Brewer (6’1″, 190) had some significant interest from FBS schools, with schools like Tennessee and Virginia on his radar. Ultimately, he settled on staying close to home and suiting up for the Niners, who currently have three kickers and two punters on their roster. Brewer enjoyed an All-American and All-NC season his junior year (going 14/16 on field goals) and in his just-completed senior year kicked seven PATs in one game (against Walkertown on August 31) while registering 33 touchbacks on 75 kickoff attempts for the year. In all but a couple of games he had at least one kick of 70 or more yards–including a long of 75 against Hickory Grove Christian on October 6.
Not bad for a kid who had no formal training before joining the Cannon team prior to his freshman year. But he has worked out at former UNC and Minnesota Viking kicker Dan Orner’s kicking and punting school in order to better himself. At former All-American Chris Sailer’s kicking school, he received high marks:
…an oustanding kicking prospect. He is a great athlete with a big time leg. Kicks with ease an consistency off the ground. Has all the tools to be phenomenal college kicker.
Brewer certainly seems to be a solid find for a still-building program. Check out some of his highlights over at The Hub.