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Irish reel in kicking recruit

Apr 18, 2010, 7:31 PM EST

Notre Dame received a verbal commitment from kicker Kyle Brindza of Canton, Michigan earlier this weekend. Recruited by defensive backs coach Chuck Martin, Brindza is a unique recruit because he’s not sure if he’ll enroll at Notre Dame next fall or in 2011. Bridnza is set to graduate after his junior year at Plymouth High school and he’ll find out in the coming days whether or not admissions will accept him for next football season. Regardless, his commitment is firm to Notre Dame.

“My whole life I’ve always been a Notre Dame fan,” Brindza told the South Bend Tribune. “For sure, I’ll be Fighting Irish.”

Brindza was likely to be one of the more highly sought after kickers of the 2011 class, but the recruiting process was accelerated when Michigan offered him a scholarship and the opportunity to enroll next season and play for the Wolverines. When Martin found out that Brindza was considering skipping next school year, he brought the kicker’s file to head coach Brian Kelly, and they offered him a scholarship.

Brindza kicked 30 of his 48 kickoffs for touchbacks, and converted 9 of 12 field goals, with a long of 49 yards. He’s also an accomplished punter and will battle both Nick Tausch and Ben Turk for the kicking and punting jobs.