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No. 1 punter in the country commits to LSU

West Monroe's Peyton Todd to punt for the Tigers

By:
  • Joel Rodgers
Pictured:
  • Peyton Todd during 2018 Battle on the Border

You can see West Monroe’s Peyton Todd punt at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium two Friday’s in a row: September 13 at Battle on the Border IX against Byrd. Then again September 20th against Longview High School. But in a couple of years you’ll be Peyton Todd boot the ball on Saturday’s.

The LSU football staff has landed commitment No. 2 for the 2021 class with the addition of one of the nation’s best punters.

West Monroe junior Peyton Todd has given his verbal commitment to LSU head coach Ed Orgeron and the staff, giving special teams coordinator Greg McMahon one of the nation’s best options out of the 2021 class.

“First off, I want to thank God for giving me such an amazing support system and the talent to play the game that I love,” Todd posted in a message on social media announcing his commitment. “I want to thank my mom for being my No. 1 supporter from day one. I want to thank all of the coaches that have helped me along the way and given me opportunities to compete and develop as a football player and person. I want to thank my family, friends, and all the people God has put in my path for always having my back and showing me the right way when life got tough.

“And lastly but not least importantly, I want to thank the LSU coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing collegiate football at LSU.”

Todd averaged 42 yards per punt last season for the Rebels, with 20 punts downed inside the the 20-yard line. Todd has twice taken home the Ray Guy Top Prospect Award from ProKicker.com, and he’s ranked by the website as the No. 1 punter in the country for the 2021 class.

With ProKicker, Todd averaged 47.13 yards per punt with a long of 54 yards. He averaged a 4.31 hang time with a best hang time of 4.76.

The news off Todd’s commitment to LSU comes one day after punter Josh Growden entered the NCAA’s Transfer Portal, making junior Zach Von Rosenberg the team’s lone returning scholarship punter from last year’s roster.

 

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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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