National Signing Day 2019: Punter signs with Miami (Fla.) on Wednesday, Australia time

first_imgLouis Hedley and the Miami Hurricanes earned themselves National Signing Day notice by being early — really early — to the party.This wasn’t a 12:01 a.m. ET deal, either; we’re talking mid-evening U.S. time, morning in Hedley’s native Australia. The junior college punter signed his letter of intent Down Under, where it was already Wednesday, Feb. 6. It’s official!! I’m a cane😍🙌🏽 Thank you to everyone that has helped me get to this point. 🗣LETS GOO!! 3️⃣0️⃣5️⃣ #TNM #BEATUF @CanesFootball @ProkickAus @Coach_MannyDiaz @JohnnyPKA @CoachKalter @CoachKalter @67outlaw @CCSFFootball @tweetiebeattie @richiehedley— Louis Hedley (@LouisHedley1) February 6, 2019SIGNING DAY: Best classes, top uncommitted recruitsThe official announcement on Twitter then featured a jacked, flexing Hedley wearing The U gear:It’s signing day somewhere. 😎The Australian punter is officially a member of #Surge19. Welcome to The U, @LouisHedley1!— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) February 6, 2019The 6-4, 215-pound Hedley began playing American football in 2017 after years in Australian Rules football. He shared his story with Canes Insight last December after his campus visit: “I had always had a really good kick and everyone said I should go over to America and be a punter. I didn’t really know what to do until I found out that there was an academy in Australia called ‘Pro Kick Australia.’ I reached out to them and I had a tryout and they said I had a chance to go higher, go to college football and a chance to make the NFL.”He also said he had never watched an American football game (college or pro) before suiting up for City College of San Francisco. It looks as though he was a quick learner. He averaged 38.6 yards on 45 punts, and he pulled off a few fakes, to boot (video from Hudl). He knew not to bounce the ball when running.He told Canes Insight he redshirted for the 2018 season so he could have three years of NCAA eligibility instead of two. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports Hedley will be put to work right away and will be expected to upgrade Miami’s special teams.last_img

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