Hawks Land JUCO P

Iowa picked up a commitment in the 2014 Class on Wednesday when El Camino JUCO punter Dillon Kidd chose the Hawkeyes. He talked about his unusual path to the Big Ten with Hawkeye Insider.

Dillon Kidd was back home in South Florida preparing to start school at Florida International this week. That all changed in a hurry.

The punter committed to the Panthers after his junior college season at El Camino. He then found out three days ago that his position coach at FIU, Kevin Wolthausen, was leaving for a position at Connecticut.

Kidd called his kicking coach, Chris Sailor, to find out if any other opportunities were out there. Turned out, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz and special teams coach Chris White had inquired about him.

"It's been a crazy process the last couple of days," Kidd said. "I started talking with Coach White and we hit it off. There was a mutual likeness. I committed (Wednesday)."

Kidd is the son of longtime NFL punter, John Kidd. Dillon's brother, Garrett Kidd, is a wide receiver at Miami.

Dillon Kidd reports scholarship offers from Iowa, FIU, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Penn State. Miami also has out a preferred walk-on opportunity.

Kidd said he will have two years to play two at Iowa following a two-year stint at Florida State as a walk-on and last season at El Camino. That's interesting when you consider that the Hawkeyes punter the last two seasons, Conor Kornbrath, retains two years of eligibility.

"I talked with Coach White and I have nothing but good things to say about the guys that already there at Iowa," Kidd said. "Iowa felt confident enough in me to offer me a scholarship. I'm going to go in and compete for the job and to whatever I can to help the team."

Competition likely won't affect Kidd considering the long path he's taken to earn a scholarship at a four-year school. It didn't work out at Florida State and then he lost the coach who recruited him to FIU.

"To be honest, with the whole ride, I've learned a lot," the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder said. "I've learned a whole lot about college football being a business. But I feel like it's made me stronger and all things have led me to this moment. I'm happy to be a Hawkeye."

In 10 games at El Camino this fall, Kidd punted 50 times for a 38.2-yard average. He dropped 18 inside the 20, produced 12 fair catches and a long of 58.

Kidd plans to officially visit Iowa the weekend of Jan. 18 and then begin there classes Jan. 21.

"I'll be there unless there's some crazy NCAA red tape," Kidd said. "I think we've covered everything in that regard, though."

Sailor, who also coaches Mick Ellis, who committed to Iowa as a kicker in the '14 class, thinks the Hawkeyes did well to land Kidd.

"He is big, tall strong and athletic," Sailor wrote on his website. "Has a great (Division I) punting frame. Dillon punts for excellent distance and hang time with great consistency.

"He is a top overall national punting prospect that will make a great fit for any college program looking for immediate help."

Kidd brings Iowa's known commitment list for '14 to 19 players. The Hawkeyes are closing in on completion for this group with the high mark expected to be in the low 20s.

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