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.