Yoon breaks down Irish commitment

One of the most talented kickers in the nation, Justin Yoon, breaks down the three primary reasons why he chose to commit to Notre Dame over finalists Stanford, Northwestern and Texas A&M.

Kicker Justin Yoon of Milton (Mass.) Academy gave a very rational, yet very genuine, response when asked why he chose to commit to Notre Dame on Tuesday afternoon.

"There were definitely a few factors," Yoon said. "First of all, I was very interested in the business school, and Notre Dame is based on academics. It's an academic school. Secondly, the football at Notre Dame is amazing. And, thirdly, the coaches are very comforting and approachable. I had no problems talking with them."

"I couldn't have asked for anything better."

Yoon has been in touch with Irish assistant Scott Booker since late April. He was offered in June on a visit, and he visited for a second time on Sunday.

"I probably knew that I wanted to commit to Notre Dame two days ago, after my second visit there," Yoon said. "I chose Notre Dame over Stanford, Northwestern and Texas A&M."

Yoon didn't grow up as a standout kicker; in fact, he didn't know about football until the 8th grade.

"I was a soccer player most of my life," Yoon said. "I didn't even know what football was until the 8th grade when my middle school coach told me to try out. I did, and it just took off from there."

"It's crazy to think that now I'm going to Notre Dame on a scholarship because of that."

Yoon attributes much of his success to his mental approach.

"Kicking is 80 percent mentality," Yoon said. "You have to be able to stay calm under pressure."

He plans to primarily compete for kicking duties at Notre Dame.

"Tyler Newsome is an amazing punter, so I'll back him up if he needs it," Yoon said. "Kicking will be my main concentration."

Yoon's longest field goal during a game is 53-yards. In practice, he has nailed one from 63-yards.

To read a breakdown of Yoon from his coach, click here.

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