The Great Kicker Battle of 2012 has taken yet another turn.
According to One on One Kicking, a training facility for kickers and punters, Ian Maltz has signed with the University of Massachusetts for the 2012 season.
Maltz comes to Amherst from the Hun School, a high school in New Jersey that UMass has been recruiting particularly hard during the past few months.
Of all the kickers that UMass has either offered or extended a preferred walk-on position to, Maltz is by far the most decorated. Kicking.com has Maltz’s list of awards, and it appears the four-year starter is ready to make an immediate impact.
You can check out his highlights here.
According to his NCSA page, Maltz has some wheels and runs the 40 in an outrageous 4.51.
Unless someone redshirts, next year’s kicking competition is going to come down to Colter Johnson (transfer), Blake Lucas (preferred walk-on), Jeremy Stinson (preferred walk-on) and “incumbent” Brendon Levengood.
Maltz and Lucas are two of the top high school kickers, according to Kicking.com.
There is always the possibility that one or more of these guys attempts to compete for the starting punting spot with Jeff Strait, which is far from a closed competition.
Maltz may be particularly suited for this role if he is not kicking for points as he averaged more than 40 yards a punt this past season.