REPORT: Specialist Christy kicks LSU for Florida

By Adam Silverstein
June 29, 2010

Rivals is reporting that kicker/punter Kyle Christy (Brownsburg, IN) committed to Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer Monday night, according to his father Ken.

Christy, who also has an outstanding offer from LSU, recently stated he would commit to the Tigers if he did not receive another offer before his senior season began.

Being recruited by linebackers and special teams coach D.J. Durkin, who took over the latter job for Meyer this offseason, he likely received – and jumped on – an offer from the Gators to eventually replace either senior Chas Henry or redshirt sophomore David Lerner as the team’s punter of the future. The Gators already have four kickers on the roster including junior starter Caleb Sturgis.

Christy can place-kick, punt and kickoff, may be used in more than one role at Florida and is considered one of the top punters in the nation. He averaged 34 yards on his punts in 2009 and converted 25 touchbacks in 59 kickoff attempts as a junior.

UPDATE: He said the following to Rivals later on Tuesday: “It’s amazing. I never really thought I would be able to become a Florida Gator. I had hoped that if they saw me they would want me. I went there hoping to get an offer and it worked out.”

5 Comments

  1. Mitch says:

    Is that stat correct, 34 yds per punt. Not sure that warrants an offer from UF.

  2. npgator says:

    Welcome aboard! The importance of a good kicker can not be overstated.

  3. Proud Poppa says:

    While Kyle did do some of the punting for his HS team last season, he only began getting instruction on how to punt, earlier this spring. Kyle has worked very hard, and spent many hours working with a local kicking coach and former Ohio State kicker, Tim Williams. His punting (and kicking) stats will be much better this season. Several of the coaches at the various camps he went to this summer saw his ability, and great potential. LSU and FL both made offers to get him to be their punter (and possible kicker) beginning in 2011. Coach Meyer would not have made the offer if he didn’t see a lot of ability.

  4. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    If any kid has the ability to consistantly force touchbacks them give them a scholarship….if you have a great defense I would take them stating at the 20 every time!!

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