PUNTER FLIP: Florida signs Johnny Townsend away from Ohio State

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In an act from which the Ohio State program will likely never recover, punter Johnny Townsend has signed with Florida instead.

In a classic case of the rich getting richer, Ohio State punter commitment Johnny Townsend has flipped and has signed with Florida instead. The consensus No. 2 class is now so rich with punters.

Townsend was scheduled to announce for the Buckeyes early on Wednesday afternoon, but his press conference was pushed back beyond 4 p.m. ET. For a while Wednesday, Alabama was believed to be the one doing the punter-flipping.

The Orlando (Fla.) Boone High School product has been committed to Ohio State since last July, and also had a scholarship offer from Cincinnati. He's rated as a two/three-star player, depending on the recruiting service you prefer, and comes in at a solid 6'2", 200 lbs. Those are good numbers for a punter, by the way.

It appears that Ohio State folks aren't exactly broken up over the prospect of losing a punter to another school, but losing a player that was committed is never a good thing. Perhaps the Buckeyes will try to go a year without punting, which isn't all that crazy when you consider how soft the Big Ten was last season.

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