Arkansas added a commitment from the nation’s best punter Saturday night to go along with one from the nation’s best kicker from a year ago.
Los Alamitos, Calif., standout Blake Johnson became the 11th pledge of the Razorbacks’ 2015 class when he made the call.
He did so after visiting Arkansas on Thursday and getting an offer and then going on to LSU to visit on Saturday.
“Originally I wanted to just commit on the spot to Arkansas on Thursday, but I had promised LSU that I would visit,” Johnson said. “I did that on Saturday and kicked for their coaches, but I just realized that Arkansas was the right place for me.”
Johnson is ranked as the nation’s best punter by Chris Sailer Kicking and has already been named to the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 3, 2015 in San Antonio.
He will join with incoming Arkansas freshman Cole Hedlund – the USA Today’s first-team kicker last season and the nation’s career record holder for field goals – to give the Razorbacks two big-time additions in the kicking game.
He chose the Razorbacks over LSU, Duke, Oregon State and Colorado and cited Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and assistant Rory Segrest.
“The coaches were the biggest reason that I committed to Arkansas,” Johnson said. “I love Coach B and Coach Segrest and I thought the area was just gorgeous.”
Johnson averaged a net 39.5 yards per boot last season and had 15 of his 48 punts downed inside the 20.
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Arkansas hosted Shawnee, Kan., Mill Valley offensive lineman Evan Applegate (6-7, 285) on an unofficial visit on Saturday.
He tweeted about the visit - which was his second to Arkansas this year.
"Had a AWESOME visit at Arkansas today! #WPS".
Blake Johnson and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema
Evan Applegate and his parents visited Arkansas on Saturday.
Arkansas Lands Nation's Best Punter
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