Recruiting: Miami Hurricanes commit Bubba Baxa No. 1 ranked kicker by Kohl’s

Miami commit Bubba Baxa and coach Mark Richt. (Twitter)

Miami commit Bubba Baxa and coach Mark Richt. (Twitter)

The Hurricanes now have the top-rated kicking prospect in the country, according to a leading expert.

Bubba Baxa, who committed to Miami late last month, jumped from No. 5 to No. 1 in the newest Kohl’s Kicking rankings.

Baxa is in line to replace four-year starter Michael Badgley, who graduates after this season.

Badgley’s advice for any true freshman kicker? Be a multi-sport athlete. Badgley, who played lacrosse and hockey in high school, believes being well-rounded helps him handle pressure situations.

“A lot of guys who see these days are just straight-up kickers,” said Badgley (who per NCAA rules is not permitted to speak about Baxa, an unsigned recruit). “Coaches will go after those guys, but when you get a guy who plays multiple sports, they know how to compete. They know how to handle other situations. If you’re going out there in front of 93,000 fans at Nebraska for your first field goal attempt” — as Badgley experienced in 2014; he hit a 34-yarder — “and you miss, or you make it, you know how to handle each situation. No matter what, you’re going to have to face something. Having some sort of competitive [experience] in something other than football helps.”

According to his Kohl’s profile, Baxa is a third baseman and pitcher, and a National Honor Society student.

What Kohl’s said about him:

Baxa most recently competed at the 2017 Texas Showcase. He regained his #1 spot nationally by hitting two charted KO’s that had over 4.3 seconds of hang-time. He had by far the highest charted KO of the Spring Showcase Camp Tour with a 4.5 second blast. His FG’s off the ground have improved to the point where he was able to go kick for kick with the nation’s best FG kickers. Baxa is a multi-sport athlete who should continue to develop in college. His upside is outstanding and his “A” ball is different from the rest of the 2018 class. His punting is solid but his overall ability on KO’s and FG’s is what he should focus on in college. Baxa is very competitive and has either won or been a finalist at multiple Kohl’s camps during the FG competition phase of camp. His height off the ground on FG’s has improved drastically this spring and he should be in contention for many All-American Teams.

Baxa is one of seven Hurricanes commits rated inside the top 10 nationally at their positions. The others: running back Lorenzo Lingard (No. 2 at his position, per the 247Sports composite ratings), tight end Brevin Jordan (No. 1), quarterback Artur Sitkowski (No. 5), offensive guard Cleveland Reed (No. 5), running back Cam’Ron Davis (No. 7) and tight end Will Mallory (No. 9).

Miami’s recruiting class is rated No. 1 in the nation by a consensus of Rivals, ESPN, Scout and 247.

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