DeSales High School punter Austin Johnson has signed with the University of Louisville

DeSales High School punter Austin Johnson - who played quarterback in high school - has signed with the University of Louisville. Johnson is also expected to be a kicker at U of L.

Louisville has its punter of the future after Austin Johnson of DeSales signed on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson - whose brother Ryan was also a punter at U of L - received a scholarship offer last April and took Bobby Petrino up on his offer. On Wednesday, he signed that paperwork.

"I can't wait to get there," Johnson said. "I'm just so excited to be part of the program. I can't wait to get started."

Johnson, who played quaretrback at DeSales, didn't get to punt a ton with the Colts but averaged almost 40 yards a kick. DeSales coach Harold Davis said he has "such a strong leg."

"Austin is going to get so much better when he's just concentrating on punting," Davis said. "He was always thinking about running our offense and everything he did had to wear on his body, so when he just punts there will be such a difference.

"He has a big leg."

Johnson is also looking to perhaps kick for the Cardinals. Davis said he would "consistently make" 48-50 yard field goals in warm ups and had a "big leg" on kickoffs.

Johnson helped lead DeSales to the Kentucky Class 2A 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.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on all of the Louisville signees throughout the day.


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