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20 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Nick Walsh

Nick Walsh
True Freshman
6-0 | 190
Lyndon, Kan.


Position: Multiple Positions

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: Preferred Walk-On

Nick Walsh, who was rated a five-star punter by Kansas City Kicking, also played the following positions at Lyndon High School: running back, fullback, linebacker and kicker. He can double as a punter and kickoff specialist for us.

Walsh was named All-Osage County Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, and also was an All-Osage County honorable mention punter, kicker, linebacker and running back.

The Topeka Capital-Journal named him All-2A honorable mention punter and running back, while The Wichita Eagle designated him All-2A kicker and running back. There were a host of other honors, but too many to list here.

Walsh rushed for 1,061 yards in 2010, with 18 touchdowns, an average tackle rate of 9.4 and a 43.3-yard punting average. He was selected to play in the 2012 Kansas Shrine Bowl and helped to lead Lyndon to an 8-2 record.

He also was on his high school's basketball, baseball and golf teams. He shot a 77 in the 2012 KSHSAA 2A State boys golf tournament, played outfield on the baseball team and was a Class 2-1A state qualifier.

You can watch his highlights here and here. For a testimonial about him from Kansas City Kicking, follow the jump:

Nick is by far the best and most consistent punter in his class. Get's 4.5+ hang time with a nice high follow through. Definite D-1 Scholarship Prospect!!

What a tremendous young talent with the potential to kick and punt at the next level.

Nick showed solid ball striking on his field goals with tremendous trajectory. Nick will definitely be a deep threat field goal kicker for his high school.

The 6'0 180lbs kicker/punter made a big name for himself in 2010 by putting up 15 touchbacks and averaging 43.0 yards/punt. In my opinion, Nick's best attribute is his punting/kickoff combo.

Clocked Nick at 4.5-4.7 seconds consistently with nose over spirals reaching as far as 50 yards. In today's recruiting world, finding a punter that has the ability to kickoff at the college level is very rare.

Nick will have an opportunity to punt in college somewhere and I think that this season will be a huge opportunity for Nick to gain some national recruiting exposure.