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Grant McKinniss could be in for big role at UK in 2016

UK signed one of the nation's top punters in Grant McKinniss, and he could be in for a starting spot as a true freshman.

The Kentucky Wildcats added just one specialist in the 2016 class, but he ended up being one of UK's highest-rated recruits.

Grant McKinniss committed to UK as an unranked prospect in most recruiting services back in June, but soon rose to four-star status before signing with the Cats. He may end up playing as much as any incoming freshman with punter Landon Foster graduating, leaving that spot up for grabs heading into next season.

Here is McKinniss' UK profile and highlights

Grant McKinniss, Punter, 6-1, 210, Fr.-HS, Findlay, Ohio (Findlay) ... A four-star recruit who is rated the nation's No. 4 punter according to Scout ... Earned Three Rivers Athletic Conference first-team honors as a placekicker four straight seasons and was a first-team selection as a punter three seasons in a row ... Two-time first-team All-Northwest Ohio honoree ... Converted 38 of 40 PAT kicks and 10 of 11 field goals, including a season-long 52-yarder as a senior ... Averaged 39.4 yards on punts and put 11 of 32 kicks inside the 20-yard line ... As a junior, averaged 40.8 yards on 41 punts, dropping 12 punts inside the 20-yard line Converted 40 of 42 PAT attempts and was 5-for-8 in field goal attempts, including a school-record 53-yarder While kicking off in 2014, had 44 of his 60 kickoffs downed for touchbacks ... Earned second-team All-State honors as a junior, marking his second consecutive year honored Named MaxPreps 2012 Freshman All-American First Team ... Also earned third-team All-Ohio Division I as a freshman ... For his career, connected on 148 of 159 PAT attempts and 29 field goals ... His 235 points ties him for the sixth-highest total for points by a kicker in the Ohio prep football record books ... One of the Elite 88 high school seniors selected to compete in the 10th annual Offense-Defense All-American Bowl and the 2016 Ohio High Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Classic.