Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino made an in-home visit to DeSales punter/kicker Austin Johnson, who is committed to Louisville

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has been out on the recruiting trail this week. One of the stops was to see several local players, including DeSales punter/kicker Austin Johnson.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has been out and about this week on the recruiting trail.

Petrino met with several local players who are already committed to the Cardinals, including DeSales star Austin Johnson.

"He came in and we sat down and had a great talk," Johnson said. "We had a really good talk about the future and he asked me if I could do both (punt and kick) and I told him that I can do it.

"He just laid it all out for me, telling me how they can use me."

Johnson, who will take his official visit to U of L later this month, is considered one of the best athletes in the state. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Johnson averaged around 40 yards on his punts.

Johnson helped lead DeSales to the Kentucky Class 2-A state playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.  Filling the role of quarterback and kicker, as well as the punting responsibilities, Johnson led his team in scoring as a senior.  He threw for 1,420 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also rushing for 738 yards and nine scores.

"I'm excited to get there and get going," Johnson said.

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