Cameron Johnston Is A Buckeye!!

Written June 5th, 2013 by MaliBuckeye
For Kicks

For Kicks

Proving that recruiting knows no off season or national boundaries, and showing once again that the Ohio State staff will look everywhere to find competitors, it seems as if the Buckeyes have added a punter for the 2013 class. And we all know how important it is to have someone handle these duties with excellence on and off the field.

You may remember the saga of Johnny Townsend, the Buckeye verbal that ended up in Gainsville after a signing day snafu. You might also recall that Ohio State was in conversation with Cedarville’s Andrew Gantz, who ended up verballing to Tennessee (but now will be heading to Cincinnati- we hope to have more on this in the coming weeks).

Given that neither of those opportunities panned out (I wonder why kickers were eschewing OSU?), the plan was to have Drew Basil handle kick-off, extra point/field goal, and punting responsibilities this upcoming season.

Luckily, though, that won’t be necessary, as the Dispatch is reporting that Cameron Johnston is reporting to Columbus from Melbourne Australia to handle the rare occasions when the Buckeyes don’t gain ten yards in the attempts allotted.  And, in case you were wondering, we here at tBBC are certainly taking some credit for this.

While at this point there has been no confirmation on this from Ohio State, this is not unheard of territory in college football; LSU’s Brad Wing got his start as an Aussie Rules player, and Ohio State’s own Devin Barclay came to the gridiron after a stint at another sport.

Having trained with Prokick Australia, Johnston is reported to consistently provide 60-65 yard punts with expansive hang time… I hope Charles will be able to help us with any conversion rate that might be necessary. For those unfamiliar with Australian Rules, drop kicks are an important part of the scoring game.

After the jump, you can see some of Johnston’s workout videos, as well as some tape of his performance in Aussie Rules.  Again, I have no idea what’s going on there, but it will certainly change things to know that our punter knows how to tackle. As always, please excuse the soundtrack.

G’Day, and welcome to the United States and to the Buckeye Family, Mr. Johnston!

8 Comments

  1. ZNo Gravatar
    June 5th, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Thanks for the update on getting a first class punter. He speaks English doesn’t he? …..just kidding

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    KenNo Gravatar
    June 5th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    May not need the Universal Translator for Mr. Johnston, just the Greg Norman edition should be fine.

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  2. KenNo Gravatar
    June 5th, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Good stuff, Mali. From the top; it looks like Kerry Combs attended the ‘Gordon Gee School of Public Relations’.

    Johnston can do some serious field-flipping, wow. In the workout videos it looks like his punts list a bit to port, so coffin corner/coverage schemes should be pretty well defined. It also appears his helmet is OSU’ish themed.

    I knew that Charles’ move to Australia would pay off.

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  3. C-DogNo Gravatar
    June 5th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I was the guy three weeks ago that was concerned about all this linebacker and offensive tackle chasing with no mention of potential kickers. I never saw this coming, but I sure like it!

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  4. RyanNo Gravatar
    June 5th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Cant wait to see him kick for us. His coach says he canconsistently boom it 65 yards and get a 5 second hang time. That is unreal. I hope he values a degree and sticks around for 4 years.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    June 5th, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Here’s something I just noticed about him from his film… he’s a one step punter.

    That’s typical of Aussie style, but means significant things for his role at Ohio State. It means a quicker time from snap to kick, and that he won’t be as close to the line of scrimmage when the ball leaves his foot. Both of which mean fewer possibilities for a blocked punt… which is a great thing, as it might also lead to quicker release/coverage for the punt team.

    So, 60 yards with quick coverage…. yes, please!!!

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  5. C-DogNo Gravatar
    June 5th, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    I hope he doesn’t get called “Sunshine.”

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  6. CharlesNo Gravatar
    June 6th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    This is a great add for OSU. Ever since I moved to Australia and began watching Aussie rules I have said that US football teams need to look to Aussie rules players for punters. Not only do they get great distance on kicks, and with good hangtime, they also have very good accuracy. In addition to having to be able to drop kick the ball between a set of uprights to score, kicking is the primary way of ‘passing’ the ball from teammate to teammate, meaning that players learn to place their kicks quite well. While Johnston’s distance and hangtime is exciting for its ability to flip the field, I’m most excited about seeing him in shorter punts where his ability to place the ball should leave opponents backed up close to their own goal line, thus letting our defense have some fun.

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