Andrew David, Wolverine
|Massillon (OH) Washington kicker Andrew David (#5, image via Friday Night Ohio)|
Massillon (OH) Washington placekicker Andrew David committed to Michigan on Monday night. He was just offered yesterday, and it was his first and only offer. David is the first member of the 2015 class.
David stands 5’9″, 160 lbs., and has been the varsity team’s kicker since his freshman season. In that time he has gone 6/11 on kicks from 40+ yards. Altogether, he’s 13/24 on field goals and 88/95 on extra points in his high school career, and 31/74 of his kickoffs went for touchbacks last year. While those stats aren’t particularly impressive in the context of college and professional kickers, they are more so for a high schooler. High school long snappers, holders, and protection units can be subpar, and a kicker’s timing can easily be affected by a bad snap or a bad hold.
ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247 Sports: Unranked
Chris Sailer: 4.5 stars, #6 kicker
As mentioned above, this was David’s first offer, but he said that this is his dream offer and where he pictured himself playing as he grew up. Chances appear to be slim that he would decommit. He attends the alma mater of 2013 cornerback Gareon Conley, who was once committed to Michigan before choosing Ohio State. If he does indeed sign with Michigan, he will be the first signee from Washington since 2009 cornerback Justin Turner.
The 2015 kicker looks like the replacement for current junior kicker Matt Wile, who will graduate after the 2014 season. Brendan Gibbons is a fifth year senior this year. For the past couple seasons, Michigan has carried three scholarship kicking specialists (kicker Gibbons, punter Will Hagerup, and combo guy Wile) and will have a scholarship long snapper this year in the form of Scott Sypniewski, so perhaps this will open an additional roster spot for a position guy. As of now, the 2015 class is only scheduled to consist of 12 players, but that number will increase as always.
TTB Rating: N/A. I won’t give TTB Ratings for 2015 kids until the 2014 class wraps.