Published Friday, June 7, 2013 AT 4:07 PM / Updated at 5:09 PM
Recruiting: Nebraska gets commit from legacy kicker
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

In the last 20 years, Nebraska’s been as good as any college football program in the place-kicking department. Kris Brown — who starred at NU for four years before kicking in the NFL for 12 more — started the trend in earnest when he arrived in 1995.

His younger brother, Drew, will get the chance to continue it as part of the Huskers 2014 recruiting class.

Sean Callahan of HuskerOnline confirmed the commit Friday afternoon. Drew Brown is in town for NU’s kicking academy camp, which he has attended for the last several years.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Drew Brown, from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High School, has made 27 of 33 field goals in his last two years and made all 97 extra-point tries last year. In the National Camp Series for kickers, Brown received a five-star rating for both field goals and kickoffs. He’s currently unrated by Rivals, 247Sports and Scout, but kickers generally do not receive ratings from services until later in their senior season.

But the best endorsement might come from Drew’s older brother, Kris.

“He’s pretty darn good,” Kris Brown said. “He’s so much more advanced — as far as technique is concerned — compared to where I was at his age.”

Including Kris Brown, former Huskers Josh Brown and Alex Henery have established careers as NFL kickers. Brett Maher, who graduated in 2012,  is expected to win the starting job for the New York Jets this summer.

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