The Arizona Wildcats added a much needed punter to their 2019 class Monday, landing a commitment from Desert Vista High School’s Kyle Ostendorp.
The pledge came just a few hours after Arizona offered him.
The Phoenix native is a 4.5-star punter, per Chris Sailer Kicking. Here is what they have to say about Ostendorp:
Kyle is a very good high school punting prospect that shows potential to be great. A big, tall, strong athlete with an ideal frame for a college punter. He punts for excellent distance. His hang time needs to improve to move higher up the rankings. The tools are there to do so. I look forward to working with Kyle again. I expect him to do very well in Las Vegas this coming May. One to keep a close eye on. Nice prospect.
Arizona has struggled with its punting ever since Drew Riggleman graduated after the 2015 season.
New special teams coordinator Jeremy Springer has been active on the recruiting trail, offering multiple punters to try to fix that.
Offering specialists isn’t something Arizona did very often under Rich Rodriguez. The most recent ones to have been offered scholarships and committed were Josh Pollack and Lucas Havrisik.
Ostendorp has a really nice, strong leg, averaging 41.3 yards per punt last year.
Cal graduate transfer Dylan Klumph — one of the top punters in the Pac-12 last season — will likely handle punting duties for the Wildcats in 2018, but Ostendorp can fortify the position once he graduates.
Ostendorp’s Twitter bio says he has a 4.6 GPA. He becomes UA’s second 2019 commit. Three-star cornerback Logan Wilson is the other.
Here are Ostendorp’s junior year highlights: