NC State football added a player that should boost the team’s special teams unit in the future; to do so, the Wolfpack went global. NCSU added a commitment from Australian punter Mackanzie Morgan — a 6-foot-4 punter.
Very proud to say that I've committed to Study and Punt at North Carolina State University.
A massive thank you goes to @StateCoachD and @CoachDShearer for the opportunity. Thanks aswell goes to @ProkickAus and @JohnnyPKA. Love the work you've done for me.@PackFootball pic.twitter.com/YURUnU9sEP
— Mackenzie Morgan (@mackenzmorgan94) July 18, 2018
According to Inside Pack Sports, Morgan will likely enter NC State as a blueshirt. This means he will enroll at the schools in the fall of 2018, but his scholarship will count towards the program’s 2019 class.
This fits well with NC State’s timeline; veteran punter A.J. Cole is entering his senior season in 2018. For his career, Cole has launched 171 punts — with an average of 42.2 yards per kick. In 2017, Cole averaged 43.7 yards per punt, which was good for fifth in the ACC. Cole posted a Success Rate of 60 percent on punt attempts in 2017, too, which ranked 54th nationally, per Football Study Hall.
Good news for NC State fans: Mackenzie Morgan is an alum of Prokick Australia, a program created to help punters and kickers from Australia get discovered by football teams. Back in 2015, over 30 college football teams fielded Prokick Australia products.
The last five Ray Guy awards have all been won by ProKick Australia alums, too: Tom Hornsey (Memphis, 2013), Tom Hackett (Utah, 2014 and 2015), Mitch Wishnowsky (Utah, 2016) and Michael Dickson (Texas, 2017).