You probably haven’t heard the name Jonathan Semerene unless you are a true recruiting junkie. After all, there aren’t too many people who keep close tabs on place kickers.
Yet Semerene is definitely worth a close look, as he proved by drilling a 70-yard field goal while training with kicking coach Brandon Kornblue, as initially dug up by USA Today. Yes, 70 yards. If that went through in a game, Semerene would be the new national record holder for a field goal at any level.
Somewhere, even Washington resident and 67-yard field goal maker Austin Rehkow is impressed.
Given the strength of his right leg, there is absolutely no reason to believe that he couldn’t deliver that kind of a blast in a game during his senior season. The Weston (Fl.) Cypress Bay placekicker clearly plans on competing in college, yet he hasn’t received any officials scholarship offers as of yet.
We should all expect that to change in the days ahead, if the full range of his made field goals are taken into consideration. In one session, Semerene connected successfully from 70, 67, 65, 55, 50, 40 and 30 yards. What was that phrase Peyton Manning said when Adam Viniatieri trotted out on to the field to earn the Colts a win?
Money. Clearly, Semerene is working toward that track. Based on this training reel, he sure seems to be on the right track.
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