Monday, September 05, 2005

Number 13

Notre Dame got some more good news on Sunday, as they got their 13th verbal commitment in Indiana placekicker Ryan Burkhart. With the impending graduation of D.J. Fitzpatrick, it was imperative for the Irish to get a replacement kicker for next season. They got a good one in Burkhart. Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ranks him as one of the top ten kickers in the nation and the top kicker in the Midwest. Burkhart is 4 of 5 on field goals so far this year with his only miss coming from 52 yards. Burkhart has also had 11 touchbacks on 13 of his kickoffs, so he has a strong leg. I also like how Burkhart is from a cold weather state, so he's used to kicking in crappy weather. This might be sounding like a broken record by now, but it's another excellent pick-up by Charlie Weis.