One day after being offered by Florida State, Olympic High punter Cason Beatty committed to the Seminoles, Olympic coach Barry Shuford told the Observer.
Beatty, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound rising senior, threw for more than 800 yards last season as a quarterback. As a punter, he had four punts over 60 yards and averaged 43.5 yards per attempt.
This was confirmed by Noles247.
I was not expecting FSU to take a punter this cycle as I thought kicker commitment Roberto Aguayo would handle the punting duties in 2012 before transitioning to kicker in 2013. But FSU was going to take a punter next cycle, and if Beatty is really that good there's no reason to pass on him. FSU will have three scholarship specialists for the 2012 season. That shouldn't happen as an annual strategy, but it is fine in a single-year setting and the trade off should be continued excellence in field position.
Beatty has a 4.0+ GPA and plans to enroll in January, which will help him quickly improve. He doesn't even turn 18 until August of 2012, so he might not be done growing. And Beatty apparently hasn't been punting for that long, as his profile indicates he started working with a kicking coach in 2010:
Cason has all the tools to be the very best D1A [punting] prospect in the nation. He is big, tall, strong, and athletic. He has the perfect size and frame to be outstanding. Huge potential here. A fine young man with a great attitude and work ethic. Big time D1 prospect.
FSU's outgoing punter is huge (6'4" 230), and Beatty is pretty big as well.
Does anyone here have experience evaluating a raw punter with a huge leg?
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