College Signing

Nick Christensen to kick for Miles College

April 14, 2014 

Nick Christensen signs with Miles (Ala.) College with his parents (seated) Connie and F.J. Christensen, (standing, from left) Clayton assistant coach John Riba, personal coach John McFadden, his sister, Nadia Christensen, Clayton guidance counselor Jackie Harris and principal Clint Eaves.

D. CLAY BEST — cbest@newsobserver.com

Parents: F.J. and Connie Christensen

High School: Clayton

Height, Weight: 6-foot-3, 235 pounds

Position: Kicker

Also Considered: UNC Pembroke

Why Miles College? “I just liked the team and the approach everybody had to football there. The coaches were great and it felt right being on their campus.”

Notable: Nick started playing soccer at age 4 and continued in that game through his high school career, helping spark the Clayton offense many times with his strong right foot. He started kicking in football as a sophomore after talking to former Clayton coaches Robert Furth and Gary Fowler and then Clayton soccer coach Thomas Gruhalla about making both sports work. … He was almost immediately successful and loved the challenge that football brought. “I knew I had the power in my leg and it felt like I’ve been able to do it my whole life,” Nick said. “Getting the ball between the uprights is a lot like getting in in the goal.” … He was named the kicker of the year in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference his senior season after making multiple 40-plus yard field goals and handling kick off and punting duties as well for the Comets. He has been selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game this summer in Greensboro, which features some of the best players in the state. … He made two 53-yard plus field goals during a showcase camp earlier this year in Alabama drawing the attention of Miles’ coaches and other schools. He’s made a 65-yard field goal before in practice at Clayton.

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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