Robinson punter Nick Veltsistas (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruitNoVA)
Punter Nick Veltsistas is on the board and drawing more interest
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Punting is a huge part of football. After all, it’s one primary key to field position.
When a punter is needed, it means that the offense did not do their job. Unlike a kicker, punters are never put into situations where they need to win the game for the team. They are similar to the middle reliever in baseball, or an offensive lineman in the sense that they are only acknowledged when they are not doing their job.
That doesn’t mean that punters are all bad news for fans, because when a team has a good one, they can really win games by pinning a team deep in their own territory and reversing field position, making it that much easier for the offense to do their job, which is to score points.
Nick Veltsistas, a rising senior at Robinson Secondary, gained a scholarship offer from Liberty last week.
This may not be seen as a huge deal with football players getting offers all the time, but it is much different for Nick.
“It feels really good. It’s a position where people don’t always see the countless hours put in to perfect your craft,” Nick explains.
The fact of the matter is, college football teams would rather spend their scholarship money on players at positions of need, and even the best punters in the country often don’t get scholarship offers and are given a spot on the team as a walk-on. He is ranked as the #8 punter in the nation, an accolade that is not a trifling thing. He was given an offer without even being seen in person, which should speak for itself and Nicholas’ pure talent and ability. He thinks his biggest strength is the consistency that he has when punting, but also mentions that he can improve on getting his punts off quicker.
Punters are some of the most charismatic people on a football team.
Take Mac Loudermilk, former UCF punter whose tattoos and mullet made him an instant fan favorite.
That is why Nick draws inspiration from two very different places, “My biggest role model is Marquette King, he’s a professional punter who is also a freak athlete, and he brings awareness to the position. I also look up to Kobe Bryant and his work ethic that was unmatched by anyone.”
The biggest thing that Nicholas thinks goes unnoticed is the flexibility and athleticism it takes to punt a football. “Anyone can punt a football, but it takes someone with true talent and work ethic to perfect their craft and be elite,” he says. His favorite part of punting is simply competitiveness, explaining, “I enjoy being a punter due to the fact that it’s a competitive position and I can also make a big impact for my team when we need me the most.”
With his senior season in limbo, one thing is for certain, Nick Veltsistas is an elite punter, not only in Northern Virginia, but the country as a whole. The necessity of the position, as well as the work put in behind the scenes make it a very necessary position to a football team, and a role that Nicholas is willing and able to fill, and dominate.
– Marc Goldstein