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Wisconsin Badgers Have Leg Up on Competition with Kicker Commitment

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)
Sam OlesonCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2009

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.


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