USF Lands Punter With a Big Leg

With the season opener less then two days away, USF got back into the action and picked up their eighth commit for the class of '08. This time its a punter from Winter Springs who has a rocket for a leg, and gave Jim Leavitt his verbal commitment. Read on for the entire story. Only on USFNation.com - Get it First, Get it Fast!

The staff at South Florida knew they needed to address special teams and the depth at punter during this off-season, and that is exactly what they have done. Winter Springs Justin Brockhaus-Kann is the newest commit. At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, Brockhaus-Kann is an all-around athlete with a powerful leg.

"I committed to USF Wednesday," said Brockhaus-Kann. "I called Coach Leavitt and told him I wanted to play for him and USF."

Last season Brockhaus-Kann was named Second Team All County and Special Teams Player of the Year for the second year in a row after punting the ball 38 times for a 41.0 avg. and a net of 39.1, 11 punts inside the 20, and a long of 55 yards. In his spring game this year he had one punt for 51 yards that was downed inside the 20.

"I first visited USF when they had a 7 on 7 passing tournament, then when I went to the senior showcase I got to really see everything and really liked the facilities, the campus, and the coaches. I spoke with Coach Simmonds and Coach Leavitt, and they were really nice and I really felt like home. The whole atmosphere was great, it was much better then anywhere else I'd been."

Other schools recruiting the punter included Virginia, Wake Forrest, and University of Miami, but there was one offer that he was waiting on.

"I got the offer letter in the mail when I got home from school and made the call," said Brockhaus-Kann. "After talking it over with my family, I said if they offer that is where I wanted to go, and my whole family liked everything about USF so it was an easy choice. We're all very excited."

Justin was a two year starter as a punter and kicker for Winter Springs HS, and a three year starter at offensive line, but after dropping down to 230 lbs and running a 4.7-40, he will also play tight end this year. He said he can kickoff into the end zone, however, the Bulls are recruiting him solely as a punter.

"I've been following the Bulls for some time, and saw that they call some punt fake runs and I like that."

Kicking guru Mike McCabe ranks Brockhaus-Kann in the top three or four punter prospects in the nation. McCabe coached 4-star Chaz Henry the #1 punter prospect in the nation in 2006 who committed to UF, also coaches Brockhaus-Kann at One on One Kicking in Hollywood FL.

"He's the real deal," said McCabe, "He's a great athlete with an extremely powerful leg with a fantastic 4.7-4.9 hang time on punts. By the end of the year everybody will know his name," added McCabe.

The 6'3 punter with a rocket for a leg was named the best punter in the junior class at the 2007 National punting & kicking competition expo held at the U of M. He was also named the best punter as a sophomore in 2005 and also as a freshman in 2004.

Brockhaus-Kann also comes from a great kicking linage. His father is Jeff Brockhaus a former NFL & USFL kicker and punter that played for the San Fran Cisco 49er's, and the Jacksonville Bulls & the Orlando Limited of the USFL.

His father also went to University of Missouri and still holds the MU record for longest punt, which was an 82-yarder against Kansas State on 10-25-80. Jeff Brockhaus also went to Missouri with Coach Leavitt. He was a freshman when Leavitt was a senior.

"My dad and coach Leavitt know each other and it helped some in my decision. Coach was real nice to me and it felt like a good relationship between me and him, much more then other coaches that I've talked to."

Justin said there were many great reasons why he chose USF, but one that he mentioned will make many USFNation.com members smile.

"Yeah my mom is a member of your site, I've been on a couple of times but she's on more then I am, she's always on the computer, it's her job pretty much," said Brockhaus-Kann. "I saw the video about Coach Leavitt talking about the punting situation, and I kind of thought it through and thought it was a better opportunity then other places."

Brockhaus-Kann carries a 3.0 GPA and is only a few points shy of a qualifying test score and knows what he wants to accomplish on the field this year.

"I want to be all American of course. I want to take first team all-state in both punting and as a tight end."

Brockhaus-Kann hasn't set up an official visit yet, but said he plans on attending several Bulls games this year and has no intentions of visiting anywhere else.

"I'm 100 percent committed," said Brockhaus-Kann. "I'm excited to be a Bull."

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