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Calling New Hogs: Sam Irwin-Hill Commits to Arkansas!

It's a 'g'day' for Arkansas. The "Punter from Down Under" has decided to take his talents to The Hill.

Dylan Breeding (above) has gone to punt in the NFL so Brett Bielema brought in a punter from Down Under.
Dylan Breeding (above) has gone to punt in the NFL so Brett Bielema brought in a punter from Down Under.
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LSU's Brad Wing declared early for the NFL Draft. However, CBS' Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson can breathe a sigh of relief as they will still be able to make Australia-punter jokes. Sam Irwin-Hill, a native of Bendigo, Australia, is the Razorback's second commitment during the first big weekend of official visits, according to sources. has Irwin-Hill as the top punter prospect in the country. A top-flight punter is hopefully not the flashiest signing of a recruiting class, he no doubt can influence a game's outcome, especially if Brett Bielema sticks to his traditional run-based offense.

This past season at a San Francisco junior college, he punted 44 times, with an average of 46.1 yards per punt, a long of 77 yards, and downed 15 punts inside the opponents 15-yard line. Also, he had no punts blocked in 2012.

While he has no scheduled visits, Irwin-Hill has outstanding offers from Louisiana Tech, Miami, and Utah State.

You know how you might have gotten too far into recruiting? When your roommate finds you watching a juco punter's grainy highlight reel.

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My first question to our new "Punter from Down Under" is whether or not he has any relation to a childhood hero, the late Steve Irwin AKA The Crocodile Hunter. If so, just imagine the word play available next season when Arkansas travels to Florida.


A native of Arkansas now calling the Hogs from yonder in Georgia, you can follow Graham on Twitter @grahamreaves.