Kicker is UF's 10th verbal


Published: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 4:43 p.m.

Florida's recruiting success continued Tuesday as the Gators added their 10th verbal commitment of the 2011 season and sixth in the month of June.

The latest pledge came from Brownsburg, Ind., kicker Kyle Christy, who earned a scholarship offer from Florida Monday night after camping at UF in mid-June. Moments after getting his offer, Christy pulled the trigger.

"I pretty much just immediately committed," Christy said.

Christy's commitment almost never came. He visited Florida as a total unknown to head coach Urban Meyer. A few other kickers were on Meyer's mind, but after linebackers and special teams coach D.J. Durkin watched Christy kick at camp and asked him to meet Meyer, things changed. Christy impressed enough to garner interest from Meyer and after keeping in touch for a couple weeks, the offer was delivered.

"They didn't even know who I was until I went to the camp and they were impressed with me," Christy said. "(Meyer) told me that they were already looking at around three or four people that were already at that same camp and I stole the show.

"I was accurate and pretty good and ... I was pretty confident at the camp."

As a junior, Christy made five field goals — two from beyond 40 yards — and 37 extra points. He also averaged 34 yards on 25 punts and had 25 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs. Christy is one of three kickers nominated to the 2011 U.S. Army All-American game.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound kicker recently visited 10 schools and camps and chose Florida over LSU, which was the only other school to offer a scholarship. LSU made a strong impression on Christy, but once Florida got involved, Christy said there was no turning down the Gators.

"Florida is the only (school) I would have accepted over LSU," he said. "They have an amazing football program and the academics are pretty good."

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