Abilene High's Johnston gets shot in Elite Prospect Scouting All-American game
It didn't take long for Abilene High senior Jacob Johnston to get pretty good at punting.ABILENE, Texas -
"It's my first year ever on varsity, first year ever being a starter -- really my first year ever even punting," said Johnston as he practiced some kicks on Thursday afternoon.
Jacob Johnston’s father is in the Air Force, leading to his arrival in Abilene from Germany well-after many players have established themselves in the AHS system. But the hard work Johnston has put in to not only play, but get noticed in the recruiting process is finally paying off – having earned himself a chance to play on a big stage.
That being on New Year’s eve, where Johnston will head to Arlington and AT&T Stadium with a chance to perform in front of top area college scouts.
"It's Elite Prospect Scouting. It's kids from all over the nation who are seniors -- it's a an All-American bowl for seniors, and it's their last chance to go show out," he said. After a big season for the Eagles, with 37 punts netting less than 10 yards of returns, Johnston has already been in talks with a few local schools, but a chance to play in an NFL stadium -- and against some of the big talents from the country -- means it's a chance to prove he can do more. "I want to show the colleges that even though it was my first year, and I'm very new at this -- I'm an amateur, but I can show them my potential and that I can become better and hopefully be scouted by even bigger colleges," he explained. Johnston says he'd like to make it to the NFL, but a bigger purpose drives him forward. Currently he's started a movement called "From Streets to Cleats" hoping to inspire youth to become something bigger then themselves "When I finally found a passion I loved which is football -- I was always told I couldn't do it,” he said. “And so I want to show everyone -- and show the reason why that if I can do it, you can do it. I want to go around and talk to different groups and different people to help them out so they can grow and find their reason to succeed in life." Hoping a successful trip to Arlington, will kick that plan into motion.