Clover football kicker Nick Sciba sat in the lobby right outside of the gym waiting on his special moment Wednesday.
Wake Forest apparel soon filled the room as his family, coaches and friends stood before him waiting for the clock to hit 12 o’clock.
The attention was on Sciba, who signed to kick for Wake Forest University. The moment arrived. Satisfaction filled his eyes once he looked up from signing his National Letter of Intent.
“It meant a lot,” Sciba said afterward. “I’m signing to a university that I feel like I can really grow as a person and as a player. So I am really excited.”
York County had multiple FBS-level kickers this season. Accuracy is something that helped set Sciba apart. Clover coach Brian Lane said he has “never had a kicker quite like him, where he was so accurate.” When Lane’s previous teams at Woodruff or Byrnes would cross the 30-yard line and he would usually go for it on fourth down. With Sciba it was different. He always got the job done.
“Wake Forest is getting a great not only football player, but great young man,” said Lane. “Just a hard worker and all of those things are going to make that football program better and I am blessed to have the opportunity to coach him this past year.”
Sciba gave all the credit to his family and to the coaches that gave him the opportunity to participate in a college football signing day, especially his kicking coach Dan Orner.
“He’s been nothing but supportive and taught me a lot of what I know,” said Sciba. “I probably could not be here without him.”
His family has been able to see positive results from Orner, in the growth of their son as a kicker.
“Nick would not be where he is without him hands down,” said Nikki Sciba. “What he does with these kids is just one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen. He helps teach some of that work ethic and the drive he puts behind them to strive for the bigger and better avenue to help them get there, we can’t thank him enough.”
Sciba’s goal of lifting the finical burden of tuition off of his parents is now finally a dream come true as he takes on a new role as the kicker for Wake Forest.
“The biggest thing that I am looking forward to is kind of starting all over, looking forward to a brand new journey,” said Sciba.