Johnny Townsend Signs with Florida

By Alex on February 7, 2013 at 5:00p
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In a weird, late development, longtime Ohio State commit, P Johnny Townsend has signed his letter of intent with Florida, rather than the Buckeyes, where he was committed to since June 19, 2012.

Townsend was supposed to fax in his NLOI at around 12 PM ET after a ceremony at his high school, but that ceremony was initially pushed back to 4 PM. After some deliberation, Townsend decided to cancel the ceremony altogether and just fax in the letter of intent to the school of his choice.

He did that earlier today and, unfortunately for Buckeye fans, the fax went to Will Muschamp and the hometown Gators.

Being that Townsend was expected to start at punter next season for OSU, the Bucks will now have to look for other options to replace Ben Buchanan. Current roster members that are speculated to be considered include K Drew Basil, WR Frank Epitropoulos, and walk-ons P Kevin Niehoff and K/P Jake Russell.

We'll continue digging for the reason that Townsend is no longer a part of Ohio State's class, but early returns lead to the circumstances changing with his opportunities after the Buckeyes landed all three of Dontre Wilson, Vonn Bell, and James Clark.

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Buckeye1996's picture

The orlando article points to Townsend as leaving us in the lurch, not the other way around.
 
"Clay Townsend stressed that Ohio State did not pull his son's scholarship offer, but instead his son had more scholarship offers from which to choose, which caused the delay in his decision."
 
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/blogs/recruiting/os-boone-punter-j...

tcm1968's picture

Any truth the the rumor he just found out his girlfriend is pregnant? Would explain a lot of the last minute confusion.

Earle's picture

Let's not go all Volunteer on the kid.  He took another offer, at this point the reasons don't matter.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Well, the reasons might matter strategically.
If Townsend ended up at Florida because of some personal issue in his life, or because he got unexpected, last-minue full-ride offers to big time programs closer to home, that puts the matter back on him - i.e., no concerns that Urbz pulled a fast on him, which might effect how h.s. coaches and future recruits perceived the staff, etc.
Not to sound Machiavellian, but I would be relieved to discover that this was all over some Baby Daddy drama (okay, maybe my Buckeye football obsession does lead me in some twisted directions). 

Earle's picture

Granted.  My point was to not promote rumors that really don't accomplish anything more than making us look like the UT blogs after we got Vonn Bell.  If he had personal reasons for picking UF, then it makes the whole offer/no offer/delayed offer issue go away, but it doesn't really look good on us to speculate about his impending fatherhood, or lack thereof.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

WiliestBuckeye's picture

Why is this getting so many downvotes?  This seems like a perfectly legitimate question to me...

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

Maestro's picture

Moving on.

vacuuming sucks

Poison nuts's picture

Yes.

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Michael Citro's picture

Best of luck to Johnny. These types of things happen (i.e. Ejuan Price). If he needs to be within 90 minutes of home, he made the best choice for himself.

1MechEng's picture

Nice reporting, Alex.
Sadly, this is not the grey box I was hoping to see.

Dean's picture

Bummer.  Good luck to him, though.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

You can have the punter; we'll take James Clark. Yeaaaah, I can live with that. Best of luck Johnny.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

phxbuck's picture

Hopefully you feel the same way when we are shanking punts next year. 

Baroclinicity's picture

Exactly.  We saw how scary Ben Buchanan's slow leg could get over the last few years...

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

I have a feeling you won't see much punting from this offense next yr or the years to come. You can find a punter as a walk on or in 2014s class (they can start as freshman). James Clarks are harder to come by buddy. Plus, there's still time sign a punter before fall. Calm down.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Squirrel Master's picture

What punts? No one is going to be punting this year! Won't need one!

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USMC11917's picture

Hope you are right but the first quarter of many games last year disagree with you.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Hopefully with this offense we won't have to be punting very much.

Class of 2010.

William's picture

This is what was discussed earlier on 97.1. OSU never pulled his offer, or prevented him from signing. The kid had a change of heart and chose a different school. Best of luck to him. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Florida got a punter. Ohio State got Urban, and Clark. Florida is clearly the winner.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

DMcDougal24's picture

A little disappointing when a guy flips on NSD without giving the staff a heads up so that they can search for alternatives.. Perfectly understandable for him to flip if he had personal reasons or just felt like UF was a better fit, but at least give the staff a heads up (like Taivon Jacobs did). 
If the scholarship situation is the reason why he isn't at OSU, then obviously he didn't do anything wrong.

RedStorm45's picture

I mean, it's a punter so it's hard to be upset, but why stay committed for 7 months and not say anything?  Columbus isn't getting closer to Florida.
We don't know if the staff got caught off guard, I mean I guess we could say that based on no other punters being offered.  They didn't seem to be too disappointed in all of the interviews and camera-time yesterday.

ih8rolltyde's picture

Good luck to the kid, I hope his talents are utilized as much as possible at UF. Lotsa punting.

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jthiel09's picture

If this was about losing Vonn Bell or Trey Johnson I'd be upset ... he's a kicker not going to get upset about this but best of luck to him.

JT

DannyBeane's picture

Again you gotta do what's best for you. No hard feelings and best of luck to Johnny (unless he plays the buckeyes in which case I hope ever kick is returned for a touchdown.)

swank427's picture

Good luck to Johnny.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

There's still time to recruit and sign a punter for next fall.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

JuCo?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Exactly. I don't know why so many people are so bummed. It's not the end of the world.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

JakeBuckeye's picture

If Alex is correct in his most recent comment, then I'm disappointed that this type of recruiting behavior has found its way to Ohio State. What a shame. Just awful.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

 I don't know the specifics. Townsends dad said OSU didn't pull his scholarship. PLUS both of Townsends parents went to UF and his older brother is a junior on the football team. Maybe he changed his mind; 18 yr olds have a tendency to do that.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

BuddhaBuck's picture

Best of luck Johnny.
 
Some one on another board already mentioned this, but Kyle Turano was a walk-on (who played MLB at my high school, then BGSU) who didn't turn out to be a bad punter. Averaged 42.8 yards per punt and I don't recall any of his punts getting blocked... 
 

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Disappointed that Townsend is not a Buckeye. Very relieved to see, however, that it appears, as of now, that the split was Townsend's decision and he wasn't squeezed out due to numbers as many seemed to believe. That Townsend's whole family is attending or has attended UF was news to me and certainly explains quite a bit.
Honestly, this tug-of-war is just something that we're going to have to get used to if we continue to go into SEC territory and take away their native sons; some are going to want to stay. Because I want us to continue to do this.

Bolt's picture

Punts? Punts?! We don't need no stinking punts!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

This prospector begs to differ:

BuckeyeChris's picture

Is that... Chester Copperpot?

Run_Fido_Run's picture

LMAO!
Naw, that's JT's face superimposed over the Humphrey Bogart character, Dobbs, from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). 
A scene from that classic movie is the source of the old "We don't need no stinkin' badges" jokes, like the one from Bolt above:

 

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Sad because it seemed like he was really looking forward to working with Coach Meyer and being a Buckeye. I think the situation was tough on him in the end, but whatever happened behind the scenes didn't cause any hard feelings on either side. I feel like using the proverbial "It is what it is" statement to describe the sentiment. Wish him the best down in Gainesville.

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NC_Buckeye's picture

Another kick in the nuts from those damn tattoos. We can expect two more years on missing out on someone special likeTownsend.

RedStorm45's picture

Think of it this way...we have to go through 3 football seasons at the 82 limit.  We just went through 1.  2013 will be #2.  2014 will be the third year.  Next year's class is affected, but NSD 2015 (2 years from now) won't be as we will be back to 85 and recruits don't count against the limit until they enroll. 

RedStorm45's picture

Where did the oversign/gray shirt theory come from?  We were at 84 last year, right?  Why would 83 be a big deal this year?  Not saying I want guys to leave or transfer but it doesn't make sense to be fine getting to 84 in year 1 and then saying no, we have to hold firm at 82 in year 2.
Hard to be upset about a punter, right? But hopefully someone on the roster is decent at it.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Either that or we could try to set a record for the number of fake punts in a season. 

RedStorm45's picture

Les Miles will have something to say about that.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, but Les talks in circles and what he says won't make any sense:)

Earle's picture

How about this--the fakes could be when we actually punt the ball.  Kind of the reverse of our faked punt-block attempt against UM (although that particular strategy did not turn out so well)?

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Dean's picture

That's a great idea.  I would suggest that we run a reverse on every 4th down to Epitropolous, who can either rugby punt or run.

Triv's picture

Actually, if you remember from Urban's presser on NSD last year, he already knew of transfers, wasn't banking on them. A reporter asked him about being at 84 and he immediately responded with "were at 81" (waiting on Diggs announcement). Am I the only one that remembers this? Urban didn't oversign last year for those asking why he couldn't do it this year

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Run_Fido_Run's picture

So, I wonder how Frank Epitropolous has been looking, either as a receiver or a punter?   

AndyVance's picture

You know who really gets the short end of the stick from this whole punter debacle? Paul Keels. The poor guy already has to differentiate between 27 different Coreys, Smiths Millers and Browns, but now he has to try and pronounce Epitropolous, too? That guy deserves a raise...

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Hey, it's up to Frank to make it easier on Paul Keels. If Frank can hit punts that have like 5.8 seconds of hang time, that will give Keels more time to pronounce Epitropolous. If Frank shanks a punt, Keels will only be able to get out something like, "Frank Epi . . . oooops!" 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I don't like how this will look, special teams could be a huge hole moving forward.  A commit getting forced out because someone better comes along will not make this program look all that clean.

 
KateUptonsLowerBack's picture

"...not make this program look all that clean" ?
Clown comment bro

DetroitBuckeye's picture

How is that a clown comment?  We forced a kid out who really wanted to play for us, at least that what it looks like from the outside.  I'm not saying that we aren't clean for doing this it just looks that way.  As in if I take my scarlet and gray glasses off it might appear that way from the outside.

 
KateUptonsLowerBack's picture

Because you DON'T KNOW that OSU "forced him out".
Pretty simple.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Again, I said that's how it looks from the outside.  

 
Michael Citro's picture

As has been repeatedly said, including by the Townsend family, Johnny was not forced out by OSU.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Notable sources like Alex state that there was more to it than that. Common sense says the same thing.

RedStorm45's picture

Notable sources...like his dad who is being quoted??

JakeBuckeye's picture

Have you ever taken a history course? First person source bias. Since when has a quote coming straight from the horses' mouth ever been completely reliable? Townsends father could just be avoiding conflict and controversy, which is probably wise.

RedStorm45's picture

If it was pulled or held, why would the family care about acknolwedging it publicly?  Would they not be pissed?  Maybe they're great people and wouldn't want it to be an issue.   I don't know.  His dad isn't the only one saying the scholly wasn't pulled or held until available.  UF seemed to come out of nowhere at the last minute and he took the offer to be closer to home.  Nothing indicating we wanted to avoid being at 83 for the time being considering we sat at 84 last year and were still contemplating 85 with diggs/neal.  So nothing really points to us to telling a punter, a position of need, to hold off signing until the space became available.  We didn't do it last year.  Add that to what his dad said and he just had a change of heart when the school close to home offered.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

In any case, I hope that what I have read on this page from others about him not being forced out is accurate.  

 
Buckeye1996's picture

What better source is there? I don't get this line of reasoning. Could there have been something else? Yes, but that is speculation.
 
Urban even said they didn't pull any schollies for committed players. There's two very good sources.

William's picture

>Have you ever taken a history course?
>First person source bias
>Umm what? The MOST credible sources when it comes to information/historical information are a primary source, like Townsend's father, who said OSU never pulled his son's scholarship, not a secondary source like a "recruiting guru" on a website.
Why would the family say that OSU didn't pull the scholarship if Townsend signed with Florida? It doesn't make any sense to cover up for a school your son won't be attending. The kid had a change of heart, and that's fine. Best of luck to him. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

No, Will, a first person source talking about themselves has never been considered reliable. I'm not sure where you're getting that idea. For example, would George Washington talking about something George Washington did be considered a reliable opinion? Hitler? It would be noted because its important and interesting to hear what they have to say, but completely reliable? No. Primary source does not equal first person source. I guess in this case its not completely first person, but its his father, so its pretty much the same motive/bias behind whatever is being said.
I'm not sure why they didn't want to throw tOSU under the bus, if indeed we are the ones who turned the table on Townsend. Maybe they are a low-key family who doesn't need or want all the attention? I agree that would be a rarity in today's college football recruiting process. All I know is that Townsend was ALL Buckeye for a damn year. Then all of the sudden we unexpectedly get three extra signees, and all of the sudden he decides to go elsewhere ON SIGNING DAY. We had heard nothing about him rethinking his decision before the three unexpected players signed. I'm just using common sense. I apologize I'm not wearing my Urban Meyer sunglasses while talking about this one guys.

Buckeye1996's picture

Dude. it was his dad and not the recruit that said it. Twisting logic does not make an argument.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Great point, this was my thinking exactly.  My gut is that they asked him to wait he got insulted and went to Florida.  Again nobody really knows because his parents might not want to slander Tosu by talking negatively about the football program.  Granted, you could argue that there is nothing at all wrong with asking him to wait but if I was in his position a long time commit I would be very pissed.  As far as sources go you are completely right.  For instance if someone is on trial for a crime they commit and they were to say no I didn't do it would you just take their word for it instantly and let them go of course not.

 
Buckeye1996's picture

But it's not a court, crime, Hitler, or George Washington. I love the imagination but the dude decided to go to his hometown U who offered at the last moment. Simple as that...everything else is speculation.

RedStorm45's picture

Buckeye1996 makes sense.  You're comparing an 18 year old deciding on college to GW, Hitler, and court?? LOL I mean they're not even close to the same thing.  And it's the dad being quoted, not Johnny.  No one, anywhere, is on the record saying his offered was pulled.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I wasn't talking about this instance but merely the use of first person sources.  It just makes me suspicious because there wasn't any hint of this happening before signing day.  It would be like one of our long time commits (Marshall, Bosa) at the last second just changing there mind.  That doesn't happen.  If there was second thoughts I wouldn't  be suspicious at all like Elliott or Bell.

 
tennbuckeye19's picture

No offense to Townsend, I know he's an All American punter and all, but his recruitment wasn't exactly on the same level as most of the other kids in OSU's class. He was under the radar. There could've been stuff going on behind the scenes with his recruitment that we didn't hear about because he was a punter and not a "bigger" recruit. Not saying that's the case, but who knows.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

That's a fair point, like I said before if I did hear things I wouldn't have been skeptical one bit.  It is true though because of his position that it could be why we didn't hear anything.

 
tennbuckeye19's picture

Just tossing it out. I really have no idea if that's the case. There seems to be so much speculation about this, why not toss out some more;) ?

William's picture

So you're saying a secondary source, like a recruiting guru on a website, is not only more accurate, but actually is providing the proper viewpoint about this issue? Over the guy's father? And yes journals kept by historical figures are considered primary sources, because guess what? They're the ones actually experiencing the event, it's why primary sources are so heavily sought after... 
Right now you're doing a lot of speculating, without having any proof to warrant your claims..

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Your right I don't have any proof, I am purely speculating.  I haven't said anything to the contrary.  Witnesses or secondary sources are more valuable because there is no inherent bias, as in they have no reason to lie.  Again not talking about this issue in particular just how sources work.

 
William's picture

I wasn't replying to you, but no secondary sources are not more valuable because they don't have as much insight to a situation. A lot of secondary sources contain speculation, and speculation isn't worth shit. There's no better current example of this than Richard III. Most people take Shakespeare's depiction of him to be factual, when records from Richard III's time show he was one of the more modern/progressive leaders of his era, even though Shakespeare was around decades after Richard III and based his depiction of him on complete conjecture/Tudor propaganda. 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I mean a secondary source who is familiar with the situation, obvious if there is no bias on either side then a primary is more valuable.

 
JakeBuckeye's picture

No, I'm using common sense. I'm not using any source outside of the logic in my brain. Alex is pretty much saying the same thing as me. Why aren't more people chiding him?
We're on different pages wit the first-person source thing. What I'm trying to say that if George Washington was talking about whether or not he chopped down a cherry tree, he would not be considered a reliable source. An interesting and significant one? Yes. Reliable? No. Because his answer is biased. And you know that, but we were just not understanding each other.
After I had typed this comment up, I don't think I liked my argument using the historical example. It doesn't match up well enough since Townsend wouldn't be the one getting negative publicity if they had come out and said the scholly was pulled. I still think there's more to it than him just deciding elsewhere, though.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I'm not saying there could be more to it, cause there could be, but actually Alex said he didn't know the reason for Townsend not signing with OSU yesterday and gave an "educated guess". 

Oakland Buckeye's picture

So Jake & Detroit - you are going to take Alex' (always insightful) speculation OVER his fathers on record statement? Journalism much?

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm going to take Alex's common sense speculation, along with mine, and assume that there was more to it. I apologize that I disagree with most Buckeye fans on this one. I'm just looking at it from a sensible view.

William's picture

You're using assume and sensible view in the same argument, that doesn't compute..

Michael Citro's picture

Pretty sure Alex was throwing that out there as a *possible* scenario. We know more today.

What would Townsend's father have to gain by lying if his kid got screwed over by Ohio State? If my kid got screwed over I'd tell everyone who stuck a microphone or tape recorder in front of me.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Ding Ding - We have a winner!!!
Thanks Michael for actually demonstrating what common sense means!

JakeBuckeye's picture

Its very possible that he's avoiding conflict and attention. He might not want to drag out the whole situation. Just because that's what you would do, that doesn't mean that's what everybody else would do.
And Alex said he "thinks." I'm just saying what I think too. Sorry?

Poison nuts's picture

With all due respect though, Alex did say his theory was nothing more than an educated guess...While I understand your concern, if the family has stated clearly that the offer was not pulled -why worry too much beyond that. While we may never know for sure, I'll take the family at their word & am now ready to proceed with celebrating one of the greatest classes in school history.

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ih8rolltyde's picture

Zero highly prized recruits will concern themselves with the handling of a punter IMHO.
 
Other than punting (maybe) our special teams are set up to be NASTY going forward.  Can you imagine the competition to ensue over the punt/kickoff return duties?

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

prevetbuck's picture

If Urban and Co. didn't change the scholarship offer (which was really rubbing me the wrong way), then I feel a lot better about this. I know it leaves us a little in the lurch, but he's just a kid and needs to do what's best for himself and his future. I fully believe the staff will be able to find a serviceable punter, whether he is already on the roster or they get a walk-on.
 
Good Luck to Mr. Townsend.

osubuck57's picture

Good luck to him.Really weird how everything played out though.

SCOTTC.

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Wont be an issue if epitropoulos or basil can step up. our 2013 punter averages a horrible yards per kick and becomes a liability, then expect the grumbling over this to start. In the meantime, going to continue marveling over this class

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Mi.Buckeye's picture

I would start scouting the soccer team to find a kid with a boot that is already attending school and a scholarship isn't an issue.

cplunk's picture

Take it from a soccer player, we can boot it but catching those drilled long snaps isn't our cup of tea. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Not all soccer players are good drop kickers which is what punters do. A field goal kicker and kickoff kicker would make sense, but combing the soccer players looking for a punter isn't just that easy!

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gumtape's picture

that would not work since the rule is as follows:
The NCAA also has rules specifying the sport in which multi-sport athletes are to be counted, with the basic rules being:[25]
Anyone who participates in football is counted in that sport, even if he does not receive financial aid from the football program. An exception exists for players at non-scholarship FCS programs who receive aid in another sport.
Unless the player was a non-scholarship soccer player that is.

High and tight boo boo

Buckeye1996's picture

Townsend's hang time = 7 months. Which is about the length of  time between his verbal and ultimate flip. I know it is his decision, but man it appears that he used us and not the other way around.

pincus's picture

This was clearly a very personal decision. By Urban F Meyer. To never effing ever punt the ball.

BamBamBuck's picture

Good luck to JT, just wished we could have gotten him in S&G.

BamBamBuck

Alex's picture

I think circumstances just changed...he'd have to wait to for someone to leave OSU to "officially" get his scholly and the opportunity to play for the Gators came about

RedStorm45's picture

Why didn't two recruits last year have to wait to "officially" get their scholarship?  Doesn't make sense that suddenly there's a hard line at 82 this year and not last.  Maybe they changed their philosophy, who knows, but were we not technically at 84 on NSD last year?  Oh well, doesn't matter much now.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

I think you actually nailed it Red - they have an established philosophy as demonstrated last year. The "wait til a schooly comes free" was nothing more than speculation.
Actual History demonstrates they would have signed Townsend... I believe his own fathers account that Townsend changed his mind - why would his father cover for Urbz if scholly was pulled or his son was asked to delay? There is no rational reason. He (you or I) would have buried Urbz if my son verbaled 7 months ago & was told to wait.

Triv's picture

I said this up earlier, but in Urban's NSD presser last year a reporter asked about being at 84 and Urban quickly fired back with "were at 81" which implied that he already had been informed of transfers that hadn't gone public. We did not oversign last year

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

RedStorm45's picture

We have all but been guaranteed of some form of attrition by the staff of this site, who is more often than not correct.

Triv's picture

It has been speculated that there are 4-5 people who could leave, but Urban's comments implied that 3 guys had already left before NSD and just hadn't made it public

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

RedStorm45's picture

O'Connor and Crowell have already left.  But the only timing that matters is the number of scholarships come August.

dallasbuckeye's picture

Alex, just admit that you were wrong about Ohio St pulling or delaying Townsend's scholarship and move on. Clearly, Meyer did not pull or delay Townsend. Townsend's father said that the offer from Ohio St wasn't pulled, Meyer said that no offers were pulled, and both of Townsend's parents are Florida alums. It's just a case of a kid wanting to say close to home. The class move on your part would be to apologize for accusing Ohio St of screwing with Townsend's offer because they signed all three of their late targets, but if you can't do that, you could at least stop trying to make yourself look better with comments like the one I'm replying to.
As far as whether Townsend would "officially" have received his scholarship yesterday, the limit for players in this class was 25. He could have been the 25th player yesterday, but he chose to drop TOSU at literally the last minute for Florida. I know that we were at 82 yesterday after the final fax was received, but NCAA rules state that a university does not have to be at or under it's scholorship limit until the beginning of camp. That's why Townsend would have received his "official" scholarship yesterday had he signed. Being at 83 would have been fine since the coaching staff is aware that another player currently under scholarship will leave before the NCAA deadline for being at the scholarship level arrives.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Yes but he didn't want to stay close to home during the other 7 months of his recruitment.  That's isn't very good logic, they simply ran out of spots so it would be mighty convenient that he just happened to change schools.

 
johnblairgobucks's picture

Ever know those guys that talk about doing this and that, but when it's time to actually do it, they don't?  Call it.... talking a big game.....put your money where your mouth is..... put up or shut up.  Those phrases came about for a reason.  Throughout time, alot of humans have had big plans.
I'm not saying anything negative about Townsend here.  Human nature has us dream of where we would like to be, but when the moment comes to move, sometimes comfort is more appealing than sacrifice and the unknown.
 

BuckeyeVet's picture

Good luck to the kid. Hope this doesn't wind up reflecting badly on either us or him. But.....Tressel will NOT be sleeping well tonight.

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Poison nuts's picture

He will sleep fine. He will be nestled in a warm bed with a full set of pin-striped pajamas, which will be buttoned to the neck.
Edit: I am a big JT fan...this is a harmless joke.

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UrbanWoodrowEarlTressel's picture

me thinks "DETROITBUCKEYE" is really a scUM fan in disguise. Always chiming with borderline anti-OSU/anti-Urban remarks

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Really you really think that, what anti-urban remarks have I made.  I just don't think that a kid who was committed for this long should have to wait that's it.  Please remind me of other anti-osu remarks I have made(I really don't consider these remarks to be anti-osu either.

 
JakeBuckeye's picture

Some of you guys sound ridiculous. Make your unfunny and unoriginal Tressel jokes. Every championship team needs a good kicking unit. Johnny was set to a vital part of this football team off the bat. Mock me for this, but given the choice I would take Townsend over Clark to finish this class. Our depth with playmakers in this class is deep. Now we have no true punter. Clark is the more exciting commit (and I know that's what its all about for some of you) but Townsend would have proven to be more important in many games had he come here. Very disappointed.

Buckeye1996's picture

I am also dissappointed, but disagree a bit. I would rather have Clark hands down. You can never have enough playmakers especially when we did not have many to begin with. Punters are important but not a priority over playmakers IMO.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

I'm taking Clark over Townsend every time.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I agree, in theory, but that's assuming that Townsend was asked to delay his LOI and/or didn't change his mind on his own for altogether different reasons.
The reasons that I agree only in theory:

  • Punters are a funny breed. Wasn't Buchanan a high-ranked punter as a h.s. recruit? The Buckeyes had another punter about eight years ago or so who came in highly touted but did not have a good year until his senior season. Let's see how Townsend does at Florida.
  • Likewise, it's very difficult to predict which sub-6'0 slot player will turn into a dynamic playmaker. If that turns out to be Clark, then - no! - the Buckeyes would not have been better off with an all-conference punter than an all-conference TD machine in the slot.  

 

bukyze's picture

I don't know if I'd take him over Clark, but I agree that he would've been a big part of this team.  People tend to overreact and think we're going to throw 70+ on every team and never have to punt.  Punting can easily win you a game when consistently giving the other team poor field position.   When we're punting on our 10 yard line, it's nice to know that the other team just might be starting on their own 40 instead of our 40.  Technically, it's true he wasn't forced out or had his scholarship pulled, but in having him wait for a scholly to open, it put him in a difficult position.  Can't say I blame him for bailing for a scholarship that's open now.  Best of luck to him.  I sure hope Frank has a leg.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

No disagreement, except that we can't be suer that Townsend was going to be the starting punter in 2013 or even 2014 for that matter. I'm pretty ignorant on the current punting situation at Ohio State, but I bet there's few kids on the roster banging away at footballs as we speak.

tennbuckeye19's picture

OSU currently does not really have a punter on their roster. They have guys who might be able to do it, though. They have Drew Basil who is listed as both Kicker & Punter, Frank Epitropoulos who punted in HS, and they have a couple guys listed as Kickers.

Buckeye1996's picture

Who said he had to wait? The orlando article said other opportunities opened up and he took one.
 
I don't get it. He left us hanging not the other way around.
 
I wanted him in the class no doubt, but Townsend decided not to be a part of it.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Thanks 96 - someone who actually reads news articles. I dont get all the drama about assuming the worst regarding Urbz. Unless of course - 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Yep. I'm a troll. Because Urban Meyer isn't my God? Sorry I'm using my common sense and trying to figure this out. I simply don't want shady recruiting BS going on at Ohio State. We hate what the SEC does.

Buckeye1996's picture

Common sense says that he decided to go elsewhere.
Shady recruiting accusations are imagination.

JakeBuckeye's picture

A whole year of being a solid commit. He's been out there helping recruit guys to Ohio State. None of us ever heard anything about him wavering his commitment. Then we get three UNEXPECTED commits, which put us one player over our limit, and after the third commits, we start hearing about Townsend going else where?
And I'm sooooooo stupid for thinking something might be up here...

Buckeye1996's picture

I'm curious but where did you see he was helping with recruiting? Do you think he would have much influence on someone like Clark, Wilson, Eze etc?

JakeBuckeye's picture

What? He was one of the guys out there at all star games and such spreading the good word about Ohio State, just like some of our other recruits have done.

Buckeye1996's picture

While you were hanging around in the background listening? Is that a primary or secondary source? Just kidding. 
He's gone. Time to move on.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Why arent you suspicious of Taivon Jacobs? Almost identical setting - long time verbal, flips on NSD. I see no drama there. Difference is someone yelled fire in the theater - so we think there is a fire even though Clay Townsend has said there is no fire. That is why people think you & Detroit are trolls - because there is not one lick of evidence that this staff did anything to Townsend. In fact it looks like the opposite - & his own dad doesnt mind putting his own son in a potentially bad light of flipping after being verbally committed for 7 months.

JakeBuckeye's picture

So Alex is a troll? I'm just stating what I think makes sense. I'm so sorry it is SO offensive to you.

bukyze's picture

If you look at the 15th previous post, ALEX said he would have to wait.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Alex speculated.
His dad acutally stated on record he had other opportunities, including tOSU - which was not pulled.
Why not the fuss over Taivon  - he basically did the same thing & there is no drama - only diff is he stated he wanted to be closer to his child - & Townsend wanted to be closer to home - same reason that OConnor gave for leaving.
Conspiracy much?

DetroitBuckeye's picture

There were whispers, rumors about Taivon leaving there weren't any about Townsend.  Recruits don't just up and leave for a school without having reported interest.  As stated before maybe it just didn't get coverage because he's a punter.

 
JakeBuckeye's picture

The biggest difference is that we heard about Taivon possibly reconsidering before the other unexpected commits that put us over the limit committed. We heard nothing about Johnny until AFTER. That's the entire reason there's speculation

Oakland Buckeye's picture

It leaked the day before. SERIOUSLY?
A difference of 16 hours that one was heard before the other.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Bottom line is that we heard about Taivon BEFORE we recieved an UNEXPECTED commit that put us over the limit. Doesn't matter how soon before.

AcrossTheField11's picture

We should look to the OSU soccer team to grab a kid for double duty.  There seem to ALWAYS be soccer studs that double as kickers / punters because they have big legs.  They've already got a soccer scholly so they wouldn't be using one of the football teams' scholarships and could be listed as a "walk on" player.  Said player wouldn't necessarily need to be at all of the teams practices etc, as their main role is simply to punt the ball. 
The only problems I could see is if there were a mens soccer game on a Saturday afternoon.  I'm sure Urban could smooth it over with his soccer coach in the event that that were to happen.
Take your pick Urban!
http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/osu-m-soccer-mtt.html

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Doc's picture

Alex Ivanov.  He's a sophomore, goalkeeper and he's from Strongsville Ohio.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

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NC_Buckeye's picture

Soccer schedule runs concurrent with football.
I'm sure these guys would have a problem with one of their players missing games so he could punt on Saturdays. Also think these guys would have something to say about that as well.

Doc's picture

Good luck to the kid.  I hope he made the best decision for himself.  I think the soccer team has a goalie or two that could punt the crap out of a foozball.

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andyb's picture

"Starting punter Kyle Christy just completed his sophomore season and was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which goes to the nation's top punter. He played a critical role in many of UF's tight games."

 
This HAD to be something other than wanting to stay home....just sayin...Good luck young man. 

LouGroza's picture

Muschamp stuck it to Urban by stealing his punter. After Urban stole Clark from UF, Muschamp stole Urbans punter. He doesn't need the punter, but did need to send a big FU to Urban. After all he probably buys into Bianchis BS by now that Urban set him up to fail.

theobi's picture

Good luck to Johnny. I hope the reports are true and he was not forced out at all. Hope he does great things.

RedStorm45's picture

"Orlando Boone High punter Johnny Townsend, after weighing numerous options, has decided to stay close to home and has signed with the Florida Gators.
Townsend, one of the top punters in the nation and a U.S. Army All-American, was committed since August to go to Ohio State, but given other opportunities, he decided he wanted to play football closer to family, said his father Clay Townsend on Thursday afternoon."
"It was a difficult decision for Townsend, weighing options that included full-ride scholarships that are rare for punters. In the end, however, despite what had been unwavering loyalty to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, family came first.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Townsend, who is the No. 31-ranked player in the Sentinel's Central Florida Super60, will join his brother, Clay Townsend Jr., at UF. Johnny Townsend's parents, Clay and Susan Townsend, also went to school at Florida.

"Susan and I were Gators but we didn't push him in any direction," Clay Townsend said of his son. "If he wanted to be a Buckeye, then we were in full support of him going to Ohio State. This was an extremely difficult decision for a young man to make."
Townsend was set to make his announcement at Boone on Wednesday, but he decided he was not ready to sign his papers until he was sure of all considerations and weighed all of the options."
 
I don't know where the oversigning theory came from.  That's all speculation at this point.  Urban and the staff isn't going to turn away a position of need after 7 months, especially when last year we sat at 84 and were going after Diggs or Neal for 85.  JT would make 83.  We didn't make anyone "wait" last year.  Simple change of heart.  Sounds like an EZE or Diggs situation with the home school offering.

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Thanks again Red - I appreciate your common sense here. As I replied earlier - why would the dad lie about his sons intentions? If Urbz pulled or asked him to wait - the dad would have buried UFM. No reason to protect him. And they showed last year in their culture that they will sign slightly over, knowing there will be attrition.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Great point.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

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