Recruiting Update: Kyle Martens

Recruiting has heated up for Spearfish (SD) High punter Kyle Martens after an impressive showing at the Chris Sailer kicking camp in Las Vegas

Holding an early offer from Rice, punter Kyle Martens from Spearfish (SD) High School hoped to come out of the annual Chris Sailer kicking camp in Las Vegas with more offers.

Martens felt that this was his "best camp" to date and with over 50 college coaches in attendance, he caught the eye of a few.

He says he spoke to coaches from Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Stanford, Rice, Colorado State and UNLV. UNLV seems to have shown the most interest. Marten comments, "They talked about getting me in on a visit but it will probably be unofficial. They said they have no scholarships left and could gray-shirt me and bring me in in January of next year."

Kansas also talked about bringing him down on an official visit with walking on as a possibility.

Nebraska is another school that has been in contact for quite some time. But they too don't have a scholarship left for a punter. "They talked about walking on and competing. I would have to beat their punter out for the job."

With Rice being Martens only offer, they are the current favorite. He will be taking an official visit visit this weekend and says he hopes to get a "better feel for the coaches and the players." He says he is also a fan of their "really good education system." Rice also has a pre-dental program, which Martens is very interested in majoring in.

At this point Martens says, "all things are open. I am trying to get full rides but walking on could be a possibility."

He is being recruited mainly as a punter, where he averaged 43.1 yards per punt as a senior. He also kicked and has a career long of 35 yards but has hit from 55 in practice. According to Kyle, 90% of his kickoffs resulted in touchback.

He currently carries a 3.3 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT.


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