Wisconsin Badgers Have Leg Up on Competition with Kicker Commitment

Sam OlesonCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2009

TAMPA, FL -  JANUARY 1: Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers follows through on a field goal against the Tennessee Volunteers in the 2008 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  The Volunteers won 21 - 17. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The Wisconsin Badgers have received an oral commitment from the one of the best high school kickers in the nation.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal , Kyle French, of Menomonee Fall, Wis., committed to the Badgers Monday.

French is rated as the 14th-best kicker in the nation by Scout.com and received considerable interest from other college programs, including Northern Illinois and Wyoming, before committing to the Badgers.

This signing could put a little pressure on Wisconsin's current kicker, Philip Welch, to perform better. Welch, a sophomore, has struggled this season, having made only 8-of-14 attempts.

Wisconsin's other kicker, freshman Alec Lerner, is redshirting this year.

French has made 9-of-12 attempts for Menonomee Falls, with his longest make being from 44 yards. His range is currently estimated at 53 yards.

He is also averaging 63 yards on kickoffs.