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OSU, Townsend wasted little time

6/19/2012

Everyone knows special teams is Urban Meyer's baby. So despite a reduction in scholarships due to NCAA violations, it is not a complete shock Ohio State will use one of its 2013 scholarships on the kicking game.

Punter Johnny Townsend (Orlando/Boone) committed to Ohio State on Tuesday, capping a quick flirtation between the specialist and program.

Townsend talked with the staff a few times just about setting up a date to camp, which he did on June 14. Following the camp, Townsend and Meyer agreed to speak Tuesday morning.

“We set up a call this morning, and [Meyer] offered within a week, which was awesome,” Townsend said. “It was a pretty quick process.”

He was not sure if Ohio State would offer Tuesday, but he was feeling comfortable with the Buckeyes’ program. Townsend said Ohio State was his No. 1 school going into Tuesday’s phone call following his visit.

“I was blown away by the facilities and great coaching staff,” Townsend said. “Coach Meyer is going to great things for the program. I saw it as a tremendous opportunity and couldn’t pass it up. .. This was the perfect opportunity for me.”

A baseball player at Boone, too, Meyer gave Townsend the green light to pursue baseball in Columbus. A catcher on the diamond, Townsend will have to try out for the Ohio State baseball team.

Townsend is the Buckeyes' 12th commitment in the 2013 class and first in nearly two months. Ohio State is No. 7 in the 2013 class rankings.