It worked out well for the Ohio State football team the last time it plucked a punter out of Australia.
Cameron Johnston punted for the Buckeyes over four prolific seasons, including being named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter in 2016.
On Wednesday morning, the Buckeyes added another punter from the country in Jesse Mirco, who revealed his commitment in a tweet. He said he had accepted a scholarship offer.
The announcement gives Ohio State a total of 18 commitments for its top-ranked recruiting class for 2021 and makes Mirco the possible heir apparent to Drue Chrisman, who will be a senior this fall.
Chrisman, who was an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection last season and averaged 44.2 yards per punt, is the sole scholarship punter on the roster, along with a pair of walk-ons.
Mirco is a native of South Fremantle, a suburb of Perth, which sits along Australia’s western coast.
At 23 years old, he previously played in the West Australian Football League, before training with ProKick Australia, a program that helps prepare Aussie Rules players for opportunities to earn kicking and punting scholarships at U.S. college football programs.
Johnston, now in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles’ punter, is also a ProKick alum, as is Max Duffy, who won the Ray Guy Award last season at Kentucky.