It’s an exciting time to be a Kentucky Wildcats football fan as the best recruiting class in school history will be making their way to Lexington in the next month or so. Position battles will begin and there should be some spirited battles for playing time in the Fall. The influx of new players will get even stronger as an All American player will join the team in June. Bryan Kirshe has been dubbed the #1 punter in the nation and will be looking to make an impact for UK this summer. Kirshe hails from Sarasota, Florida and attended Out of Door Academy.
While there, he caught the eye of programs such as Alabama, Clemson, and Miami, but he will be a Wildcat. I was able to catch up with him and here is what we talked about.
WILDCAT BLUE NATION: Hey Bryan, thanks for taking the time to talk to us and let the fans get to know you. So, what is your status right now? Are you a preferred walkon, but planning to enroll at UK for summer practice?
BRYAN KIRSHE: Yes. I’m enrolled for June 12 because I’m allowed to work out and practice and stuff with the team.
WBN: Now you do happen to have an All American career in your past. Tell us a bit about your past season.
BK: Yes, last year I was an All American and the same this year by Prokicker. I averaged 49.1 yards a punt and a 4.7 hang time. I started punting my sophomore year and have been ranked #1 in the nation by Ray Guy’s Prokicker.com for the past year or so.
WBN: Definitely impressive credentials. So what attracted you to Kentucky?
BK: Well, when I was down to my final three or four schools, they all kept talking about what I could do for the school. Kentucky kept saying how much they can help me and make me better.
WBN: What were those final schools?
BK: Southern Mississippi, Miami, and Tennessee
WBN: Al Golden and Butch Jones is some solid competition. What else did Mark Stoops do to elevate Kentucky above Tennessee and Miami?
BK: Coach Stoops really made me feel like I was at home with the program because of how everyone is like a family.
WBN: That’s what a lot of recruits are saying. Now, I just stalked your Rivals page and they show interest from Alabama and Florida. How serious was that?
BK: I won the Alabama punting competition when I went to their camp and UF came to my school to talk to me.
WBN: Now back to UK. Did Coach Stoops make any promises to you in regards to playing time?
BK: He said the best player will play and Coach Naivar said the same thing.
WBN: I know that Landon (Foster) will be stiff competition, but I’m all for competition at every position. But are you prepared to redshirt?
BK: Yes, a redshirt won’t hurt me but I am going to try to get the starting job.
WBN: That’s a great attitude and good luck. Now, we talked last week and you were headed to Lexington. What stood out for you that reaffirmed your decision to be a Wildcat?
BK: I went back up to meet Coach Naivar because last time I went it was Peveto as the coach. I really liked Coach Naivar and I hung out with all the specialists before practice and then went to practice with them.