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Australian punter commits to Auburn

Arryn Siposs was a standout forward for the Australian Rules of Football's St. Kilda Saints.
Arryn Siposs was a standout forward for the Australian Rules of Football's St. Kilda Saints. (saints.com.au)

AUBURN | Auburn has added a commitment from a punter, and the Tigers went “down under” to get it.

Arryn Siposs, an Australian who has played professional Australian Rules of Football and rugby since 2010, plans to sign with Auburn.

Siposs announced his decision Tuesday after taking an official visit to Auburn.

Siposs should be a welcome addition to Auburn, which finished 13th in the SEC in punting. Only Arkansas was worse in the league in punting.

Siposs, who is 25 years old, will join Auburn after training with Prokick Australia, a program in Australia designed to prepare Australians to punt in America. The program has received stellar results.

Two of the three finalists for the 2017 Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter, are from Prokick Australia: Utah’s Mitch Wishnowsky and Texas’ Michael Dickson. Dickson, who won the award, is the fifth Australian to do so, joining Wishnowsky (2016), Tom Hackett (2015, 2014) and Tom Hornsey (2013), all of whom trained at Prokick.

Siposs is Auburn’s 19th commitment in the 2018 class. He will enroll at Auburn in the summer with five years to play four.