BSU lands punting recruit from Washington

Idaho StatesmanJanuary 23, 2007 

The Boise State football team has landed one of the top Division I punting recruits from Washington.

Brad Elkin, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, committed to the Broncos on Sunday during his official visit. His weekend stay in Boise included two Saturday stops: the Fiesta Bowl parade and the sold-out men's basketball game between BSU and Hawaii.

"It was really cool,'' Elkin said. "I liked how the community there is really into not just football, but all of athletics. ... I was really impressed.''

He had a scheduled trip this weekend to Missouri, but canceled after Sunday's decision, he said.

Elkin was the first-team kicker on the 2006 Associated Press All-Washington team this past fall. BSU recruited him as a punter, and he's planning to enroll in school this fall.

The former soccer player was first-team All-Narrows League for three seasons.

Kyle Brotzman (Meridian High) and David Lowery (Timberline), who will both be redshirt freshmen this fall, are scheduled to compete for the starting kicking job. Bryon Brotzman (Meridian), another redshirt freshman, is the only punter listed on the roster.

"I want to come in and compete for a starting job right away,'' Elkin said.

His punting average was in the upper 30s, though he was asked to punt for field position throughout the season, his coach, Tom Larsen said. Elkin's longest field goal this season was 51 yards.

"He's a big, strong, athletic kid,'' Larsen said. "He has a great work ethic and he's done a really nice job at becoming a student of the kicking game.''

The Broncos' known recruiting class is up to 28 — 23 incoming freshmen, plus one junior college transfer and four grayshirts who are already on campus. National signing day is Feb. 7.

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