Kickers are the Rodney Dangerfield of football sometimes. No respect. You love them when they do their job. You hate them when they don't. It's a weird existence. Utah kicker commit Chayden Johnston won't be able to do his job for Utah on the field until 2017, so he's trying to do what he can now to improve the future of the program.
The big-legged local product out of Bingham High visited Utah officially over the weekend and got to see a few new aspects of the school he hadn't seen before.
"The visit was awesome. It was a great experience. We toured the campus, checked out the dorms, and met with some academic people. Snowmobiling was also fun. That was the highlight of the trip. I had a great time."
Johnston was hosted by returning missionary Austin Lee on the trip.
"Austin is from Alta High and we got along really well. I liked him a lot."
The local kicker did take on the role of recruiter this weekend, and that will continue up until signing day.
"I've known Britain Covey for awhile and was in his ear about Utah. I also talked to Gabe Reid about the Utes. They're going to do what's best for them, but I'm going to be in contact with both over the next week trying to get them to Utah."
Johnston is a sign-and send prospect and will be back in two years to take over for Andy Phillips, and maybe find a second role on the team.
"I leave for my mission right after I graduate in June and will be back in May of 2017. I'll take over at kicker then and Coach Whittingham said I can even compete for the punter spot too."
One man. Three tasks.
Johnston Doing His Part
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