Top JUCO K/P to visit Louisville this weekend

David Lonie, arguably the top kicker/punter outside of the NFL will be making an official visit to Louisville this weekend. ITV spoke with Lonie regarding his list of favorites, as well as his friendship with former Cardinals David Akers and Jon Hilbert.

David Lonie has taken the road less traveled for most college football prospects.

Lonie is from the Gold Coast of Australia and grew up enjoying extreme sports such as surfing and water skiing. He decided to move to the United States to coach soccer, but after attempting a few kicks with a football, he and others felt that he had the ability to give American football a try.

He began receiving interest from a number of colleges after he sent out numerous professionally made tapes. Louisville was among the programs that he visited two years ago before deciding to commit to Ohio State.

However, due his Australian courses not meeting the NCAA core requirements, Lonie headed to junior college.

"I actually had an offer to play in the CFL and a few NFL scouts were interested in me handling kick offs, but I wanted to improve, so I decided to go the junior college route," explained Lonie.

As a freshman at Ellsworth (IA) Community College, Lonie proved to have the leg strength to handle kickoffs, field goals and punting. With an average of 40.1 yards per punt, including a long of 75 yards, Lonie was named All-Conference.

Following his freshman campaign, Lonie enrolled in Doug Pelphry's camp, where he met former Cardinal and current NFL All-Pro David Akers.

"During the summer, Doug Pelphry took me under his wing and through his camp I met David [Akers]," Lonie explained. "I worked with David a lot. I also worked at David's camps, which is where I met (another former Cardinal) Jon Hilbert."

As a sophomore, his numbers improved. Over the course of the 2003 season, Lonie averaged 45 yards per punt, with a long of 69 yards. Again, Lonie was named First Team All-Conference and is an All-American candidate.

As expected, some of the nation's top programs quickly became interested. He has received numerous scholarship offers, but has narrowed it down to five schools, all of who have offered.

"I am considering Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, Louisville and California," said Lonie, who has already made official visits to Michigan, Illinois and Ohio State. "I'm actually visiting Louisville this weekend and will going to Cal on December 5th."

Lonie, who was also named to the Region XI All-Academic team, will enroll at his next school at the start of the winter semester, so a decision is short coming.

"I will most likely make my decision around the 7th or 8th of December," said Lonie, who is being recruited by U of L assistant Jeff Brohm. "I don't get back to Australia very much and I'll be going home for a week, so I can't wait on making a decision."

Just be sure to bring back some Milo.

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