It has been a busy few weeks for Kyle Petersen. The South Hills punter has played in the Army All-American Bowl, competed in the Chris Sailer punter/kicker competition, gone on numerous visits, played varsity basketball and committed to UTEP. He is probably a little tired but at least he is storing up frequent flyer miles.
After receiving offers from UTEP, Duke, Louisville, Fresno State, South Carolina and Utah, the senior finalized his decision Friday by accepting the offer from UTEP. UTEP head coach Mike Price and UTEP kicking specialist Jeff Banks came to Kyle's basketball game Friday night to congratulate him. Petersen is excited about UTEP and the crop of 2006 recruits. At UTEP, Petersen will work as both a punter and kickoff specialist along with holding for PATs and field goals. UTEP gains an athletic 6'4 punter who had a long punt of sixty-one yards and fifty-four touchbacks on kickoffs this season.
Recently, Kyle won the punter portion of the Chris Sailer kicking competition in Las Vegas. At the competition, Kyle set a record with a punt that had a hang time of 5.03 seconds. This was done in front of over forty college coaches and no doubt one of the reasons Coach Price wanted to get Kyle wrapped up ASAP. Kyle also brings a strong academic record to UTEP and received one of the thirteen scholar athlete awards at the Army All-American Bowl.