Orlando Boone punter Tommy Townsend earned his first college football scholarship offer Wednesday night (Feb. 26) from Colorado.
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Tommy Townsend won't have to change much of his wardrobe.
The Orlando Boone punter committed to Tennessee on Monday during a phone call with head coach Butch Jones, and the Vols have the same orange and white color scheme as do the Boone Braves.
"It's definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders," Townsend said. "I've loved the school since day one, ever since I stepped on the campus at junior day, I believe back in March. Ever since then I was just hoping and waiting for an offer and it finally came."
Townsend, the brother of Florida Gators sophomore Johnny Townsend, just received a scholarship offer from the Vols on Wednesday. He wasted no time in pulling the trigger, picking Tennessee over offers from Colorado and Baylor.
He was at a Chris Sailor Kicking Camp in Los Angeles this past week, which is where he was when UT assistant coach Mark Elder offered the scholarship over the phone, and he then set up the Monday call with Jones.
Townsend also camped at UT on June 6 during a whirlwind tour of college campuses that led him to Florida, Florida State, Stetson (Penn State), Auburn and Arkansas, just to name a few
Townsend, the No. 1-ranked punter in the country by KohlsKicking.com, was the top 2015 kicker at the Kohls 2013 Orlando Training Camp in June. He averaged about 39 yards per punt last season.
Brother Johnny Townsend was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team after taking over the Gators punting duties midway through last season, and Tommy says expects similar results for himself.
"I'm going to say yes, I definitely think so. I just need to put a lot of hard work in," Tommy said. "It's hard to have an incredible amount of success in the punting game when you don't get to work on it as much as you would like.
"Since I play safety, all of my practices are centered around that, so I have to just go out and punt on my own after practice, so I think being only a punter in college I will definitely be able to master it during my time at Tennessee."
Brother Johnny also played safety at Boone, so Tommy knows the path to success.
"It's like having another coach help me out, helping me tweak things," Tommy said of his brother. "That's an advantage of him going to Florida because he comes home and he's just a lot of help."
The Townsends are a Gator family, and oldest brother Clay Jr. also attends UF, but Tommy did not see his choice of school as an issue. Johnny actually almost signed with Ohio State until an 11th-hour decision change on National Signing Day 2013.
"I don't really look at it too much as being weird ... I just look forward to playing against Johnny in the games," Tommy said.
Townsend said he is already starting to feel at home in the Tennessee fold.
"I've gotten a lot of tweets from the Volunteer family and fan base and so I have definitely felt welcome," he said. "I've also talked to a bunch of the commits already and I've been included in some of their texts and stuff like that so I feel included in part of the family now."
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