Utah Punter Commits to Rutgers

Nick Marsh will transfer from Utah to Rutgers for his fifth year and be eligible to punt immediately for the Scarlet Knights, and he and his personal coach spoke about the move.

Rutgers found its punter, although it will be for only one season.

Nick Marsh, who was the main kickoff guy at Utah, will graduate from the Salt Lake City, Utah, school in May and enroll at Rutgers as a fifth-year senior.

Because Marsh will have graduated from a four-year school with his degree, and enroll in a master's program no offered at Utah, he is eligible immediately and is expected to handle the punter for the Scarlet Knights. He may also handle kickoffs, which is another area Rutgers struggled in during the 2012 season.

"Nothing is signed but I did just verbally commit," Marsh said. "I just visited there this weekend. I just got home today. I got to see the city, which was one of the main things. I may have been in New Jersey once in my life but I didn't get to know it like I did this time.

"I got to see the facilities and meet all the coaches and meet some of the players."

Marsh wasn't Utah's punter, and the main reason is the Utes have one of the top punters in the nation. He also performed rugby-style kicks during his career, but said he is more comfortable punting in the traditional manner.

In 2011, he averaged 40.5 yards on 20 punts, including eight inside the 20-yard line and two punts of more than 50 yards.

However, in 2012 he was exclusively a kickoff specialist, with 25 touchbacks on 60 kicks while Sean Sellwood and Tom Hackett handled punting duties. Marsh noted Utah's home games are played in altitude.

"They're going to do whatever gives us best chance to win," Marsh said. "I can traditionally punt with the best of them. I am more comfortable with traditional punting."

Marsh, who is from Petaluma, Calif., also made a visit to Western Michigan and was talking to Sam Houston State.

"The Rutgers degree put it over the top," Marsh said. "Rutgers jumped on me early and had a good relationship with them and it went well."

Marsh has been working out with punting guru Chris Sailer.

"He's going there as a punter and probably will handle kickoffs for them," Sailer said. "I've known him since high school and he worked his butt off and came out to camp in Las Vegas and the kid is incredible. He's a great find for Rutgers.

"He's talented enough (to punt at Utah) but at that point in time Nick and the (Utah) staff wanted to go in another director."

Rutgers was looking for a punter since Australian Dean Crozier was ruled ineligible in January.

"(Marsh) has an NFL leg and is a tremendous talent," Sailer said. "He's got the ability to be very good."

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