Kyle Brindza looks like he’ll hold down both the place kicking and punting job this season. But come 2014, he’ll have some competition. Georgia punter Tyler Newsome committed to Notre Dame Friday afternoon, less than a day after being offered a scholarship by the Irish staff.
“Officially committed to the University of Notre Dame,” Newsome wrote on Twitter. “What a blessing.”
Two recruiting cycles after signing a long snapper, the Irish coaching staff saw fit to offer Newsome a full ride, after punting and kicking for the Irish coaches. Newsome has the ability to kick off and punt, and likely closes the door on any specialist for the next two seasons.
If you’re into the “geek speak” of kicking and punting, here’s what the staff at Kohl’s Kicking said about Newsome:
The commitment of Newsome might feel inconsequential when you consider the elite prospects on campus, but this season is a true test for the Irish special teams. While Ben Turk was hardly a Ray Guy candidate, the Irish staff is putting all its eggs in Brindza’s basket, and the results during the Blue-Gold game were hardly reassuring. With Daly, a redshirt freshman snapping, and Brindza handling both kicking jobs, getting good performances out of the kicking units will be key.
Newsome makes it a dozen members of the ’14 recruiting class, currently tabbed “The Golden Army.” For a look at his work at kicking camp, see below for a highlight video.