Nick McLarty: From Down Under to the Buckeyes

Nick McLarty: From Down Under to the Buckeyes

The Ohio State Buckeyes have made a prized addition to the 2024 football class: Nick McLarty, a towering 6-foot-7, 255-pound forward from Melbourne, Australia McLarty pledge followed a surprise visit to the Buckeyes' campus, where he left a lasting impression on the coaching staff.


Punter with strong legs

Nick McLarty's journey to Ohio State began in the sun-kissed fields of Australia, where he honed his punting skills under the tutelage of such renowned coaches as Darren Bennett, Sav Rocca, Dwayne Armstrong and Aaron Perez. His booming kicks caught the attention of college recruiters and it wasn't long before Ohio State came calling.

A Full Scholarship to The Ohio State University

"After conversations with Coach Ryan Day, I'm honored to announce that I've received and committed to a full scholarship to The Ohio State University," McLarty shared on X (formerly known as Twitter). "I'd firstly like to thank Coach Rob Keys and Coach Gunner Daniel for the hospitality this week and truly believing in me. I cannot wait to work alongside both of you at OSU."

A Legacy of Australian Punters

McLarty follows in the footsteps of other Australian-born punters who have graced Ohio State's roster. Jesse Mirco, who handled punting duties for the past three seasons, recently transferred to Vanderbilt. Now, it's McLarty's turn to make his mark in the scarlet and gray.

The Competition Ahead

As McLarty prepares to join the Buckeyes this summer, he'll face stiff competition in fall camp. Joe McGuire and Hadi Jawad, both talented punters, will be vying for playing time alongside him. The battle for the starting punter position promises to be intense, but McLarty's powerful leg and precision could give him the edge.

Special Teams Excellence

McLarty isn't the only special teams player in Ohio State's 2024 class. Long snapper Morrow Evans, a walk-on favorite, will also help the Buckeyes’ kicking game. Together they will aim to maintain the Ohio State tradition of excellence in special categories.

A new journey begins

"To my family and friends who have nurtured me and supported this dream, I am grateful to have you in my life as this new journey begins," McLarty expressed as Buckeye fans eagerly awaited his arrival, his punts are flying and he pins opponents deep in their zone.

Nick McLarty's commitment adds depth and talent to the Ohio State football program. As the Buckeyes prepare for the 2024 season, all eyes will be on this Australian sensation, ready to make his mark on the gridiron.

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