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If Urbs is uncomfortable with losing Johnny, he'll start checking out the JC's.
OK.....need the number crunchers to confirm whether we still have a schollie left now that Johnny's gone. I don't think we do.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Townsend signed with Florida (link below).
Confirmed signing on 247 Florida commit list.
The link is apparently too long. Here is the Sentinel article:
Orlando Boone High punter Johnny Townsend, after weighing numerous options, has decided to stay close to home and has signed with the Florida Gators.
Townsend, one of the top punters in the nation and a U.S. Army All-American, was committed since August to go to Ohio State, but given other opportunities, he decided he wanted to play football closer to family, said his father Clay Townsend on Thursday afternoon.
Townsend averaged 43.6 yards per punt during his senior season and his near flawless delivery gives him impressive accuracy with his kicks. He was also a Class 8A All-State selection, played in the Central Florida All-Star Game and was named to the Sentinel's All-Central Florida team.
It was a difficult decision for Townsend, weighing options that included full-ride scholarships that are rare for punters. In the end, however, despite what had been unwavering loyalty to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, family came first.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Townsend, who is the No. 31-ranked player in the Sentinel's Central Florida Super60, will join his brother, Clay Townsend Jr., at UF. Johnny Townsend's parents, Clay and Susan Townsend, also went to school at Florida.
"Susan and I were Gators but we didn't push him in any direction," Clay Townsend said of his son. "If he wanted to be a Buckeye, then we were in full support of him going to Ohio State. This was an extremely difficult decision for a young man to make."
Townsend was set to make his announcement at Boone on Wednesday, but he decided he was not ready to sign his papers until he was sure of all considerations and weighed all of the options.
Also a great student and leader among his peers, Townsend was awarded the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America last summer, an honor that was also earned by his older brother, Clay. His younger brother, Tommy, is a sophomore at Boone.
Townsend also won the Doc Blanchard Award during a ceremony at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last month. The Blanchard and Glenn Davis Awards are given annually to the two players at the U.S. Army Bowl, a representative from both the East and West squads, who best exemplify the U.S. Army’s high standard of excellence in community service, education and athletic distinction.
Clay Townsend stressed that Ohio State did not pull his son's scholarship offer, but instead his son had more scholarship offers from which to choose and that caused the delay in his decision.
Johnny Townsend picked the Gators despite Florida's depth at punter.
Starting punter Kyle Christy just completed his sophomore season and was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the nation's top punter. He played a critical role in many of UF's tight games.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by jfsmith3 on 2/7/2013 at 3:35 PM
Good for him. Family is important and it seems there are many ties there to the UF program. He will be with his brother. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone though allows you to grow up. Seems he will have two years to hone his skills as he sits behind a Ray Guy finalist who will be a Junior this year. Good luck to the kid.
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