Up Close and Personal: UK Commitment Tim Masthay

Rich Brooks and the UK football team got a big commitment yesterday from Murray (KY) high school kicking prospect, <b>Tim Masthay</b>. Not only is this big for Kentucky, but it could have implications in the Cory Zirbel sweepstakes as well.

"Right now, this is a very exciting time for me and an exciting time for UK," Tim Masthay told Inside Kentucky. "I really want to be a part of what's going on at Kentucky. My family couldn't be happier, either, because that's where they wanted me to go."

Masthay notified Joker Phillips of his verbal commitment on Tuesday morning, prior to going to Louisville to visit a sick family member on Wednesday. Masthay plans to move to Lexington shortly after baseball season to work on his kicking. He wants to also speak with the baseball staff. For now, Tim has chosen to focus on business as a major.

"At first, when UK offered, I was not going to commit right away," Masthay said. "I had just sent out lots of game tapes, and I wanted to see what kind of response I got before making a decision. Nothing happened just right away, even though it was only a couple of days. I got to thinking about how I love Lexington, I love the school, I love Commonwealth Stadium, and I love the fans. My brother even goes there, so there were absolutely no negatives with Kentucky."

Even though Masthay is being recruited mainly as a kicker, he is also a state-wide standout receiver.

"I'd love to play receiver, but I don't see myself as anything but a kicker for at least my freshman and sophomore seasons. If I had it the way I wanted it, I would cover kick-off duties, punting, and play receiver. I basically just want to be on the field as much as I possibly can to help."

Masthay expressed many times during his interview that UK fan support was a major factor in his decision.

"It's huge. It's so huge. If I went to Vandy or Indiana, their average attendance is just nowhere near Kentucky. Average attendance at Kentucky is way up there, and the fans are nuts about that team even through the tough times. I can't wait to get out there for them."

As mentioned, Tim will be moving to Lexington soon after his high school baseball season completes to work on kicking.

"The staff wants me to be the starting kicker next year if possible. I need to get up there right away with Coach Brooks and work on my hang time. A 40 yard punt is good in HS or in the SEC, but it's not good if it only has a 3 second hang-time. That's the main area I want to work on this summer. As far as field goals go, I've made a 50 yard FG in a game, but I've kicked 60 yard field goals in practice."

Masthay also elaborated about how excited he is about meeting all the players at UK. He is also aware of the comparisons already being made with Taylor Begley.

"I got to meet all the kickers, and they are a great group of guys. Taylor is unbelievably accurate, and I can't wait to get up there and be a part of that group. Another reason I committed was because I already knew that Pulley, Kenny Ray Turner, and Michael Schwindel were going to Kentucky. Seeing those guys go to UK is a great thing, because we all play together now. We'll get along great, and there's something to be said for playing for that state pride. I also know Micah Jones and Lonnell Dewalt are both there, and I know both of those guys. It's unbelievable."

Tim is also thinking about that one person in the country he would bring to Kentucky with him if he could, and his answer…

"Cory Zirbel, most definitely. That's who I'd bring, and I'm working on it. It's so huge for Kentucky to keep those in-state recruits on our side. I just get the jitters when thinking about putting on the blue and white. I moved here when I was 10 from Des Moines, and I used to hate Kentucky basketball because of Iowa losing to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament. It's amazing how quickly this state grows on you, though. I bleed blue."

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