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Notre Dame lands kicker Justin Yoon

Jun 24, 2014, 3:39 PM EDT

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Notre Dame’s recruiting class added another player on Tuesday with the commitment of Massachusetts kicker Justin Yoon. The specialist is ranked the No. 1 kicker in the country by 247Sports and Kohl’s Kicker Rating considers him a five-star prospect.

Yoon was in South Bend over the weekend, the second time visiting campus since being offered a scholarship earlier this month. He chose Notre Dame over Boston College, Northwestern, Stanford and Texas A&M.

Yoon will enter a depth chart that’s wide open, as Kyle Brindza departs after the 2014 season. That’ll leave Yoon and 2014 signee Tyler Newsome as scholarship kickers, with Newsome more of a punter than a field goal kicker.

According to an Irish Illustrated’s report, Yoon spent time on campus with Brindza, long snapper Scott Daly and special teams coach Scott Booker. His relationship with his position coach helped cement the deal. Kohl’s football has the following scouting report on the 5-foot-10 kicker.

Justin attended the 2012 National Invitational Scholarship Camp. His leg strength stands out. The ball explodes off of his foot. He charted the best out of anyone his age in KO’s and showed great ball striking in his FG’s as well, won Eastern Showcase Camp KO and FG competition, hit 60 yd FG off the ground, huge hang-times, D1 talent. Justin continue to impress every time he steps on the field. The 2013 Scholarship camp was no exception for him. His FG’s are D1 ready right now and his KO’s are tops in the country. Justin won the entire Scholarship camp KO charting comfortably, he has 80+ yard KO leg strength and has hit 4.3 second hangs. Justin’s FG’s are clean and get great lift, he scored a 28 in FG charting at camp. He is the best kicking prospect in the country and should get offered early. He can continue to focus in on his acceleration on KO’s and could gain even more from his powerful frame. Big Time Prospect.

Yoon makes 14 commitments for the Irish in the 2015 recruiting class.


  1. jerseyshorendfan1 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Hope he’s another Reggie Ho….that dude was clutch.

    • iamgolden4life - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:14 AM

      In about a year this kid just might be lining up to win some big games for us. I don’t think some people realize how important field position is in football. Tillery isn’t going anywhere, him and Nicco are currently trying to get bama commit (D.E.) Mehki Brown to flip to NotreDame, he was on campus a few days ago. (visit went quite well also) On down the road trolls… WeAreND

  2. notredameirish1980 - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Nice replacement for Kyle come next year, but I hope he is kicking a lot more PAT’s than FG’s.

  3. jrcopper - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    People should not forget this year’s class with Tyler Newsome. This year he had 20 punts for an avg of 38.65 yds with longest of 60 yds. He had 100 kick offs with an avg of 58.39 yds. If the 100 kickoffs 76 were touchbacks. I am sure Yoon will be good but he has to be better than Newsome to get on the field. They should make a great tandem for the next 3 years after Brindza leaves.

  4. onward2victory - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Keith you could have really messed with us with a better headline:


  5. johngaltisspeaking - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Waller out, Hillard out, Bali out and now Tillery on the verge of flipping to LSU. At least we got a top notch kicker. Way to go BK keep recruiting the RKG’s ( 3 star Players )

    • notredameirish1980 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      So Tillery comes to the Irish Invasion and works out as well, then flips. Hilliard has a great visit by all reports and goes to OSU. You must be psychic (o).

    • papadec - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Damn – someone left the gate open, again, and the trolls are running free – footloose & mouth.

  6. upthera44 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    This bumps ND up to #8 in the 247 class rankings. This class is coming along nicely.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Bumps them up to number 8 for a few weeks. Big Deal. In the end you will USC a ton of SEC teams Ohio State and Florida State from 1 to 15 then you will find ND…. I hate these stupid posts about moving up the recruiting rankings it means nothing.

      • DPU Man ND Fan - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        Great to know that you hate these stupid recruiting ranking posts. Bring ’em on fellas! johnsbuttishurting will be unhappy with ND’s ascendency, yet again, on the recruiting boards under BK.

      • shaunodame - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        I think you are going for the record johngaltisatroll. Shortest time lapse from first time poster to full time troll. Get a hobby bro, no one cares how much you don’t care.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      it’s like bragging that you led a Nascar race in lap 2 but ended up in the 50th position. Who cares

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      it’s like bragging that you led a Nascar race in lap 2 but ended up in the 50th position. Who cares! it’s like all of these useless facts coming out about notre dame like offering more qb then anyone. in the end it’s all about who you sign and where you end up.

      • dbldmr - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Right…it’s all about whom you sign. With that in mind could you spare us the doom and gloom until the whole process ends? It will be tough to have seven more months of this incessant pessimism. How about complaining about something that has happened, not something that might happen?

      • palinurus10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM

        No, that’s a dumb analogy. It’s really more like digging for gold and hoping you dig the most gold. Even if someone else digs up more gold than you, you still keep the gold you dug up. Plus, you don’t even really know it’s gold until you assay it. It’s actually nothing like a car race where being first means you are a definitive winner and everyone else is a loser. So, again, dumb analogy. But try again!

      • johngaltisspeaking - Jun 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        I am describing the ND fan base not the recruiting process dip. Your analogy is good for the way the recruiting process works but for some reason our fan base acts like we won the race ten minutes into a NASCAR Race. This class will end up near the 18th position. LEt me take a crack at it:

        1 Alabama – The Best Footbal team in the nation
        2 LSU
        3 USC
        4 Ohio State
        5 Florida State
        6 Texas A&M
        7 Georgia
        8 Auburn
        9 Clemson
        10 Pen State
        11 Tennessee
        12 Florida
        13 South Carolina
        14 Texas
        15 Miami
        16 Oregon
        17 UCLA
        18 Notre Dame

  7. bernhtp - Jun 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    I dread/await the wordplay innuendos on his name from Dick et al.

  8. nybadger - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    As a former All American Kicker, based on what I saw in the video, I can say this kid is pretty damn good. Really loved his kick off form. FG technique will need to be adjusted from 3 to 2 steps. That’ll take away some distance initially but it’ll come back as he continues to grow and lift. Lastly, he won’t be getting these awesome to kick but terrible to throw footballs at ND. QBs win that battle every time, lol. Overall, he seems very promising.

  9. irishdog80 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Great kickers are like lockdown closers in baseball. If you have one, the game is a lot less stressful for everyone. Every team needs difference makers and Yoon looks like one. He will shorten the field on offense and defense.

  10. yaketyyacc - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    see the headlines now: YOON MAKES ND FANS SWOON WITH WINNING…… and he sure will.
    the Moon over Miami has become the Yoon over Notre Dame. is the 60 yard field goal in the future
    you can bet your YOON, it is.

  11. irishwilliamsport - Jun 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Ok so there’s 14 2105 recruits so far. Assuming everything stays the same and no one transfers there will be 23 Sophomores, 22 Juniors, 12 Seniors (assuming Mahone does not come back) and 15 guys eligible for a 5th year in 2015 but not all of them will be asked back. The class is filling up fast and expect the next recruits to be special players, at least 4 and hopefully 5 star guys.

  12. sjb198 - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    His stats look great. But what is his FG percentage from the 18 yard line? That’s where BK will use him the most.*

    • martyhealy - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Inside the 20 are Gimme’s for him, therefore teams just concede the points.No FG percentage stat necessary!

  13. earpaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    For people who don’t think kickers matter, ask FSU in the 90’s if they matter. I remember when they finally signed a kicker (I think his first name was Scot, forgot the last name) he was actually on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

    • palinurus10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Scott Bentley, right? He almost picked ND, as I recall. Had a rough start as a freshman, but later kicked the national title winning FG for the Seminoles.

      • ralmiron - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:01 AM

        I remember Lou told him he didn’t make a 4 year mistake, but instead Bentley made a 40 year mistake.

  14. earpaniac - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Palinurus- Yes! That’s who I was thinking of!!

  15. 1historian - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    a bit off topic but – 59 and a wakeup!!

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