Top punter to visit this weekend

Vanderbilt football coaches are expecting an official visit from a top punter this weekend.

Greg Johnson, a 6-3, 180-pound kicking specialist from state champion Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, is among the official visitors expected on campus this weekend.

The Parkview Panthers were state champions in Georgia in class AAAAA both 2001 and 2000, and posted a perfect record of 15-0 both seasons.

Johnson, coached in high school by Cecil Flowe, did both the punting and placekicking for Parkview. He averaged 41.8 yards per punt during his senior year with a long of 57 yards, and hit 8 of 12 field goals with a long of 51 yards. He hit a 50-yard field goal in the 2001 state championship game.

Johnson, who started three seasons for Parkview, averaged 38 yards per punt as a sophomore and 39 yards as a junior, and reportedly has a 3.8 grade point average. He has already made an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt, the weekend of the Vanderbilt-Auburn game last fall.

Vanderbilt is in need of a punter after the graduation of senior Joe Webb. The coaching staff has already secured a commitment from a placekicker, Patrick Johnson of Athens, Alabama.

Besides Johnson, eight other players are expected to make official visits this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the visitors will be treated to the Vanderbilt-Georgia basketball game in Memorial Gym. Top Stories