South Dakota Punter Makes Commitment

South Dakota Punter Makes Commitment

Punter Kyle Martens from Spearfish (SD) High tripped to Rice last weekend and saw what he wanted to see.

It only took a few days after returning from his trip to Rice that punter Kyle Martens from Spearfish (SD) High School decided thats where he wanted to go to school.

Martens committed last night after spending a few days talking it over with his parents. Both and his parents are excited to be a part of the program, "My parents might be more excited then I am," Martens comments.

He gives Scout.com the details on his visit, "I had an amazing time with the coaches and players."

He adds, "The campus was amazing and the academics are unbelievable. There is nothing bad I could say about it."

Kyle admitted to being somewhat skeptical before coming for his official visit mainly because he was unfamiliar with the program but that quickly changed once he stepped foot on campus. "I wasn't too sure before about Rice because I hadn't heard much about it. But the campus was nothing like I pictured."

Martens met with coaches from Kansas last night and the Jayhawks offered him a scholarship in Jan. of '09 if he would pay for his first semester. But decided against it stating, "I didn't feel the same about them as Rice."

Nebraska also offered him to walk-on.

Martens says he has been told that he will step right in and be the punter next year, "They have no punter and I can come in and punt right away."

He averaged 43.1 yard per punt as a high school senior.

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