By Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | January 3, 2019
Placekickers rarely receive high star ratings by recruiting services, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t important. A reliable, strong-legged placekicker could even be the difference between a national championship or narrow miss, all puns intended.
LSU fans have to feel pretty good about their future after incoming freshman Cade York drilled an Under Amour All-America Game record 59-yard field goal.
What happens when you hit the longest field goal in Under Armour All-America Game history?
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) January 3, 2019
Incredibly, York’s 59-yard kick is already longer than the record-long field goal at LSU, which stands at 54 yards.
York’s connection also made for a pretty rare moment: A place kicker ascending the team throne and donning a crown as the anointed king of the moment.
York is a Texas native who played for Prosper High School and also held a scholarship offer to Minnesota and the Air Force, but opted to sign with LSU. He was not given a star-rating by ESPN, but was handed a 3-star rating by 247Sports.