Rockets Looking at South Dakota Punter

With the graduation of punter Brett Kern, a 2007 Ray Guy Award finalist, head coach Tom Amstutz and his Rocket coaching staff are in search of a new punter to take over the reigns for 2008. The search has found its way to South Dakota, where the Rockets are pursuing one of the nation's best punting prospects for the 2008 recruiting class.

Punter Kyle Martens swept 1st Team All Conference and 1st Team All state honors in the state of South Dakota this past season and is rated the 7th best punting prospect in the nation by the Scout Recruiting Service. The 6-6, 182 pounder from Spearfish, SD averaged 43.2 yards per punt as a senior in high school in 2007. He also averaged 69 yards per kickoff and booted 90% of his kickoffs for touchbacks.

Those kind of stats have college coaches taking notice of Kyle. "I have a full-ride offer from Rice University in Texas and several other schools are recruiting me," Kyle Martens told Rocket Digest. "I'm hearing from Toledo, Stanford, Nebraska, Nevada-Las Vegas, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, and some other schools," added Martens.

Kyle has setup an official visit to Rice for January 18th, and plans to setup visits to Toledo and Stanford as well. He is unsure of what the dates of the Toledo and Stanford visits will be because he is also a post player on Spearfish's basketball team and has a busy schedule with practices and games.

Kyle is being recruited to Toledo by head coach Tom Amstutz and has talked to him several times. He is looking forward to the opportunity to see Toledo's campus on an official visit.

Right now Rice is the only school that has officially offered Martens. He is being recruited to Rice by head coach David Bailiff and special teams coach Rick LaFavers.

Kyle is being recruited as a punter by all of the schools, but they also like the fact that he could do the kicking duties if needed.

Martens is pretty wide open on his choices and doesn't really have any favorites, but gives Rice a slight edge since they are the only school that has officially offered to date.

He has no timeframe for making a decision on his college future, and could wait as long as signing day on February 6th.

Stay tuned to Rocket Digest over the next few weeks as we keep you updated on Kyle Martens recruitment.

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