Former UCLA kicker Kip Smith has transferred to Oklahoma State, a source told The Oklahoman Friday afternoon.
In Smith, the Cowboys have landed a successor to Quinn Sharp that was rated the No. 1 kicker in the nation by Rivals coming out of high school in 2010. Smith will sit out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules and then will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Smith, who hails from Broomfield, Colo., earned the starting kicker duties out of fall camp as a redshirt freshman at UCLA last season. He made two of his first three field goal attempts and seven of his eight PAT attempts in two games before a torn quadriceps in his kicking leg sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Smith was also a punter in high school. As a senior, he made all nine of his field goal attempts (including a 67-yarder), averaged 37.1 yards per punt and recorded 39 touchbacks on 48 kickoffs.
Smith told the Los Angeles Times in March that he would transfer from UCLA to be closer to his family.
“My dad has been sick, so I want to be closer to home,” Smith said.