With the addition Monday of a punter who once got his kicks in on the island of Hawaii, the University of Arkansas' 2009 football recruiting class will be up to 32.
San Marcos (CA) Palomar Community College redshirt sophomore punter Briton Forester (5-10, 175), a California native who spent his first two years kicking for the University of Hawaii, is now in fold for the Razorbacks.
Forester, who took an official visit to the UA this past weekend and is orginally from Springfield,Mo., will sign Monday.
"I committed on Saturday and will sign on Monday," Forester said. "It just seems like a perfect fit for me. The coaches there definitely know what they are doing, the facilities are great, the fans are tremendous and there is a spot available, which is very important when you are coming from junior college and have two years left."
Forester averaged 36.2 yards per punt this year, but that is somewhat deceiving as he was a master at dropping punts inside the 20-yard-line – where he placed 16.
He had a long punt of 77 yards this season, had a 76-yarder nullified due to penalty and also booted kicks of 59 and 58 during the season.
"On punts where I was able to just kick away, I averaged way over 40," Forester said.
Forester, who will take over for senior Jeremy Davis, also kicked extra points (21-of-22) and kickoff for the Comets for the first part of the season.
"I did everything at the first of the season before we turned the kicking over to a hot shot freshman we had," Forester said. "That allowed me to really work on my punting and I think it paid off as you can see."
Forester said Arkansas' plan is to have him work solely on his punting.
"I will back up on the other things, but the coaches told me that they really want be focusing on being the best punter and put my work in toward that," Forester said. "That's a need spot for them and they want me to take right over. They said they were looking for an older guy that had been on the field in a college game and knew what it was like."
Forester kicked the final four games of his true freshman season at Hawaii and was 28-of-31 on PATs for the high scoring Rainbows that were powered by quarterback Colt Brennan.
"Coach Mouse Davis and Coach June Jones brought me to Hawaii and our starting kicker got hurt near the end of the year and I got to kick," Forester said. "Coach Davis left for Portland State and the new guy brought in his own guy. Coach Jones left the next year (for SMU) and I figured it would be the right time for me to move on, too."
Forester signed with Hawaii out of La Costa Canyon High in Encintias, California, where he was punter and defensive back.
He hopes to not use his defensive skills at Arkansas.
"The worst thing for a punter is to have to make a tackle because that means you didn't get the job done with the punt," Forester said. "We try to stay away from that, but I will make the tackle if I need to."
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