U of L commit a 'dream come true'

DeSales High School punter Austin Johnson committed last week to the University of Louisville and said the decision was his "dream come true." Cardinal Authority spoke with Johnson about his commitment to the Cardinals.

DeSales High School junior punter Austin Johnson had been thinking about this day for a long time. And on Thursday of last week, it happened for him.

Johnson made a trip down to the University of Louisville campus and left with a scholarship offer from football coach Bobby Petrino.

"I was speechless," Johnson said. "Everything I worked for is finally paying off.

"It was a dream come true. I have been wanting this my whole life."

Johnson said he knew a specialist getting a scholarship was a tough thing to do but noted it was "my main goal" going into high school so that he "wouldn't have any debt after I finally achieved that goal."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Johnson is the brother of former U of L punter Ryan Johnson, who just finished his eligibility last season. So he's been around campus.

The Younger Johnson said he has built a "really good bond" with new Director of On-Campus Recruiting Dave Boller and when he was asked to come to campus he "had a feeling that something was in store for me."

And then Petrino made his day.

"I have worked hard and it's paying off but I know it doesn't stop here," Johnson said. "I am going to continue to push myself because I have a state championship to defend."

The younger Johnson averaged 40 yards a punt for DeSales and kicked 44 extra points and 10 field goals as a junior, leading the team to the Class 2-A State title.

He was also the quarterback and ran 113 times for 655 yards and 12 touchdowns, while completing 87 of 159 passes for 1,372 yards and 15 TDs.

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