Earlier this week, LSU missed out on the nation’s No. 1 kicker, Will Reichard, who chose Alabama over LSU and Georgia. But Ed Orgeron and Co. moved on quickly, landing the verbal pledge of kicker/punter Cade York on Sunday evening.
York, out of Prosper, Texas, is the No. 2 kicker and punter in the country for 2019, per Kohl’s Professional Camps, a national kicking talent service.
New: Some more info on #LSU's newest commitment, who is ranked by Kohl's as the No. 2 kicker and No. 2 punter in the country.— Shea Dixon (@Sheadixon) May 28, 2018
Cade York (@YorkCade) got on board with the Tigers today at camp. Some notes on that + his Kohl's evaluation. https://t.co/jRMtlFvGDd pic.twitter.com/vdkNrZ8W53
York recently earned an invite to the National Underclassman Challenge in January of 2018 after a strong performance during the December Showcase Camp of 2017. He hit multiple 50+ yard punts and also made 13 field goals out of 16 during the charting portion of camp. York has attended multiple Kohl’s events and has developed into a Division 1 player. He graded out at the 5.0 star level as a kicker and punter. His overall hang-time and distance separate him from other top players. He hit a 5.18 hang time in December during punt charts and his field goal off the ground had all the senior staff take notice.
Kohl’s has worked with Robert Aguayo and Drew Kaser in recent years, and even goes all the way back to the likes of Pat McAfee and Thomas Morstead, per their website.
LSU signed graduate transfer kicker Cole Tracy to replace Jack Consoulin and Connor Culp, who combined to make just 16 of 27 field goals in 2017. However, Tracy will need a replacement after the 2018 season, so bringing in some competition for Culp and Gonsoulin is smart, if the two of them will even be on the roster by then.
York joins long snapper Quentin Skinner as the team’s second special teams commit for the class of 2019.