DeSales punter/kicker Austin Johnson has a 'fantastic' visit to Louisville; will sign with the Cardinals on Feb. 3

DeSales High School punter/kicker Austin Johnson is already committed to the University of Louisville. But he made his official visit this weekend, calling the trip across town "fantastic." Johnson will sign on Feb. 3 with the Cardinals.

DeSales High School standout Austin Johnson has been around the University of Louisville football program a lot in recent years. His brother, Ryan, played for the Cardinals and he has been committed for almost a year.

So, Johnson's official visit this weekend wasn't so much to learn more about the program.

"No, I was really just looking forward to seeing how my life would be as a student-athlete," Johnson said. "I wanted to see what it was going to be like and I couldn't be more excited about my decision.

"It's the best decision that I've ever made, to stay home in The Ville."

Johnson said the visit was "fantastic," noting he did learn a lot about the academic side of things.

"We didn't talk a lot of football really," he said. "I just had some questions about academics and the benefits that I would have being a student-athlete. We really have a lot of opportunities at the University of Louisville."

Johnson said everything is in line with him signing with the Cardinals on Feb. 3, signing day.

Johnson 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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