He's a Gaelic footballer, a rugby player and an All-Ireland-winning basketballer but former Kerry minor David Shanahan is on his way to the US to play American football for Georgia Tech.
His has been a remarkable journey, from developing an interest in American football in Castleisland, to attending a specialist kicking camp in Melbourne before finding out late last week that he was going to be the next punter for the Atlanta-based Georgia Tech.
And it's a tale that is made all the more remarkable for the fact that he has never played a moment of the sport.
"No. I've never actually kicked in a game," Shanahan smiled. "And yeah it is very unusual. I suppose it is such a niche skill; it's a funny one, you never play a game before you get over there."
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Still, Shanahan (19) has been rewarded for his perseverance and talent. An interest in American football and punting in particular soon grew into an obsession. And before long he sent a video of him kicking to a renowned coach named John Smith, who runs ProKick, a kicking school based Down Under.
Smith, who was in his native Manchester at the time, liked the footage enough to fly to Dublin. He arranged to meet Shanahan at a field close to the airport.
And after he observed Shanahan's technique he told him that if he moved to Australia for the best part of a month he'd most likely get a scholarship.
Once he was accepted by ProKick, his chances of success were good. They have a burgeoning reputation amongst American football schools. The company has trained six of the last seven Ray Guy Award winners (the prize for the player chosen as 'Best Punter' in College football) and has placed over 140 players on scholarship.
Shanahan reckons the trip Down Under cost him around €7,000 and while the final details of his four-year scholarship have to be worked out - including what course he'll study - that €7,000 will produce a remarkable return on investment with one website quoting a price of a full year's tuition and board in Georgia at almost USD$50,000 (€46k) per school year.
"It's a big commitment and with that comes a lot of responsibility so I want to deliver the goods when I am playing," Shanahan says.
"I'm extremely grateful to Georgia Tech and the whole coaching staff and I owe it to them to be the best that I can be and deliver … It's a huge commitment from them."
Part of the Kerry U-17 side that won a Munster title in 2017, Shanahan believes his Gaelic football background helped him, though there were some kinks to iron out when he got to Australia.
"You need an aptitude with kicking a ball and if you grow up playing Gaelic football you are kicking a ball all of your life so that helped enormously, so most of the hand to foot coordination is there. But I had some bad habits.
"We bring our leg across our body a lot more in Gaelic football so in punting you are trying to keep it as straight as you can so I had to eliminate that. It took some time but it's a matter of retraining the muscles really.
"For punting, basically you catch the ball 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage for a punt.
"And then you have 1.2 seconds to kick it or you'll get tackled or blocked so it's pretty quick from hand to foot so you need pretty good hand-eye coordination.
"What you want is both distance and hang time. Obviously you want to kick it as high as you can so the guys that are chasing it have the chance to get there and obviously you want to kick it as far as you can as well, so you have to find the balance there and get it off in under 1.2 seconds or it will be blocked.
"The idea with punting is that you try and get it to spiral and it you get it to spiral correctly it will go a lot further and a lot higher than if you just kicked it like a Gaelic ball."
And from January next year, he'll join his new 'Yellow Jacket' team-mates. College football is an amateur sport but it is big business too. Last year reports stated that the Athletic Department of the college spent around $89.6m (€82m).
They play their home games in a 55,000-seater stadium though there's an arrangement in place to play some of their home matches in the spectacular $1.5bn recently opened 71,000-capacity Mercedes Benz stadium in downtown Atlanta.
"I have an auntie living in Atlanta which is nice. I know football is big there and the stadium is 55,000. They play some really big games, like Clemson and Notre Dame. I play Notre Dame in my first season away I think so that will be 100,000 people or something crazy like that.
"(Georgia Tech) got a new coaching staff a couple of years ago so they are undergoing a bit of a rebuild and there is a bit of hype that they're up and coming so it is exciting."
Shanahan has big shoes to fill. The incumbent kicker, Pressley Harvin, is tipped for a shot at the NFL when his college time is up next year.
For his part, Shanahan can't wait to get started.
"I'm not too worried about the whole leaving home part, because I did that in Australia and I'll actually be moving a lot closer to home which is really nice.
"I'll only be one flight away now, people can come over for games and that can make it a lot easier for visiting and stuff.
"I'm trying to prepare my body and mind for going over, I know from talking to guys it is really intense, the American coaches are real straight shooters, they don't take any rubbish so you have to go hard from day one. I'm trying to prepare for that really."