US colleges snap up more Aussie punters

Ohio State, Michigan State and Georgia Tech are among the US colleges to call on Melbourne's Prokick academy for fresh punting talent.

Powerhouse US football colleges seeking punting talent have snapped up Aussie rules players, a Kiwi rugby union big boot and a Gaelic footballer talent.

The punters are all products of Prokick Australia, the highly-successful Melbourne-based punting school.

In recent days Fremantle's Jesse Mirco signed with Ohio State, country Victorian Mark Vassett committed to Michigan State and Mason Fletcher, son of 400-game Essendon AFL legend Dustin Fletcher, joined the University of Cincinnati.

Canberra's Daniel Cerni accepted a full scholarship with the University of Nebraska.

"Daniel's a man-child," Prokick's John Smith told the Omaha World-Herald.

"His ability to hit ball after ball is what separates him."

James Evans, who grew up in New Zealand playing rugby and graduated from Auckland's Sacred Heart College in December, is joining Indiana University after a Prokick stint.

David Shanahan played Gaelic football in Ireland and thought the best route to get a shot at punting in the US was to travel to Australia and train at Prokick.

His six-month stint paid off with Georgia Tech securing his services.

"He's got a cannon of a leg and it's our job to make sure that he controls it," Prokick's Nathan Chapman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Prokick's ability to transform athletes into American football punters is extraordinary.

The punting school's graduates include NFL punters Michael Dickson (Seattle Seahawks), Cameron Johnston (Philadelphia Eagles), Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco 49ers), Jordan Berry (Pittsburgh Steelers), Arryn Siposs (Detroit Lions) and Lachlan Edwards (formerly of the New York Jets).

In its 13-year history, Prokick has secured 75 college scholarships for young punters.

Six of the past seven winners of the Ray Guy Award for top US college punter were Prokick graduates.


AAP