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By Brendan Sonnone and Chris Hays| Orlando Sentinel
Punters do not normally dominate headlines on National Signing Day, but Boone’s Johnny Townsend is the exception.
Townsend, one of the top punters in the country, was expected to sign with Ohio State today but an unspecified issue, likely an issue as to whether an offer still is on the table, has arisen.
A noon press conference was called at Boone where Townsend was expected to announce his decision. Instead, he made a statement asking for patience and privacy as he still sorted things out. This came after his initial signing was delayed in the morning.
Townsend is expected to make a decision at 4 p.m.
Boone athletic director Doug Patterson said the situation is being discussed between the school and the Townsend family.
"Right now it's a personal matter between the Townsends and Ohio State and they are working as fast as they can to make sure that any concerns they have is taken care of," Patterson said."They really want to hold off on a binding commitment until they feel 100 percent comfortable with everything from the University."
Ohio State gained somewhat of a surprise commitment from Dontre Wilson on Monday night. Wilson, a slot-receiver type out of DeSoto, Texas, flipped to the Buckeyes from Oregon on Monday and may have put Ohio State one scholarship over the edge.
That move could have caused the Buckeyes to pull Townsend's scholarship offer. Ohio State also received letters of acknowledgement of Buckeye intent today from New Smyrna Beach slot receiver James Clark and Rossville, Ga., safety Vonn Bell. The Buckeyes, however, do still stand at the legal limit of 25 scholarships, even with Townsend counting against the number
Handpicked this summer by Ohio State coach Urban Meyer as the Buckeyes’ scholarship punter, Townsend switched to Alabama on national signing day
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Some of the early signees can be counted toward last years class making the 25 player limit moot. I think the issue is the 82. OSU would have to lose 3-4 more players between now and fall camp. Meyer may be concerned that that won't happen. I am sure that issue will have to be resolved before he signs.
In anyway OSU caught off guard by landing both Clark and Bell and just ran out of room?
I feel for Townsend if this is the case.
These are the types of situations for which I have criticized other coaches and schools. I am glad Townsend has other, solid options but I hope his is willing to take a chance on OSU opening up a scholarship.
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