Georgia football signs a fascinating punter to fulfill the position

Georgia Bulldogs punter Jake Camarda follows through on a punt. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Georgia Bulldogs punter Jake Camarda follows through on a punt. (Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

Georgia football went down under to sign their 2022 punter Brett Thorson, who will be a leading participant in replacing Jake Camarda.

Thorson is a 6-2 and 205-pound punter from Australia and ranked as the No.1 overall punter on 247Sports composite rankings.

With him being across the world, Thorson was the first on Early Signing Day to send in his letter of intent and was one of the 18 early enrollees.

The Dawgs signed the No.3 overall recruiting class for the 2022 recruiting cycle, one of the areas of need was a punter, and they took a chance on Thorson and joined the Australian kicking game. From the looks of his film, the Dawgs took the right shot at giving him a scholarship.

Georgia football found its potential punter replacement in its 2022 class.

Thorson comes from ProKick Australia, which according to their website, is a program that trains, guides and helps Australian athletes perform at the college and NFL levels. It seems like a school where the kids can specifically focus on football and getting better at kicking to get an opportunity at playing in the states.

Former Texas Longhorn Michael Dickson is a kicker out of this program, who went in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft and won the 2017 Ray Guy Award.

ProKick Australia isn’t just teaching the rugby kick, which seems to be what most people think of when it comes to kicking. Instead, guys like Thorson have these massive legs with incredible hang times and distance.

He has the leg strength to boot it over 65-yarders, but it isn’t just about the long bombs. Thorson knows how to control the kick and distance so that he could be a massive weapon like Camarda was for the Dawgs.

In a Dawg Nation article, his coach Nathan Chapman said he has 5.2 or 5.3-second hang time in training sessions — this was almost a year ago, so that the numbers could vary.

Georgia has never landed an Australian player before Thorson, and his story is wild. Dawg Nation’s Jeff Sentel did a great job in the article linked above with telling this guys’ story, and after you finish reading this one, I highly recommend you read his.

How Brett Thorson fits in with Georgia football and a prediction

Thorson has a monster leg, and Georgia needs to replace their punter, so it was perfect timing. He has the physical talent to be the starting punter and joining the team as an early enrollee benefits him more.

He will have to learn more about the “American football” ways and stuff, but as intelligent as he seems, it won’t be a difficult transition.

Punters are among the most critical positions on a football team, especially when you have one like Thorson or Camarda. They can flip fields, pin opponents deep in their territory and launch bombs into the air long enough for the coverage team to avoid much of a return.

Not having a guy like Thorson would have given Georgia a big gap to fill this offseason, but they are in good hands with this kid.

Tight ends coach Todd Hartley was the primary recruiter with this one, and with COVID-19, they had to get creative with his recruiting. It paid off, and the Dawgs signed him, and now he will be a monster — in the best definition possible.

Thorson will be the starting punter for the Dawgs, as they finally got on the Aussie train. It’s exciting to see head coach Kirby Smart do something he hasn’t done before, and there is a feeling it will pay off in a big way.

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Georgia has so much talent coming in with this 2022 recruiting class, which finally includes a highly touted punter. The Dawgs have a weapon in Thorson, and 2022 will be his coming-out party for the world to see the next Ray Guy Award winner.