The ball hung in the air for 5.1 seconds, scraping the sky on a sunny day in Las Vegas.
“Gosh, that’s just a work of art,” an onlooker said, admiring the arcing spiral in a video posted to YouTube in May.
If that’s a work of art, Triston Brown is the artist. And, according to kicking/punting instructor and evaluator Chris Sailer, he’s also the No. 1 punter in the 2020 class.
Brown — a standout at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. — has verbally committed to Washington, a source confirmed Thursday. He’ll have three seasons of eligibility after arriving at UW next summer.
“Triston is a big-time junior-college punting prospect,” wrote Sailer, the nation’s premier preps punting instructor and evaluator, on Brown’s player page. “He is a talented athlete with an explosive leg. He hits a consistent ball and easily averages 45+ yards with 4.5+ (second) hang time. He also shows that he can hit a big time D1 ball of 50+ with 5.0+ (second) hang time.
“Triston has great footwork and shows that he can directional punt at a high level. A competitor that thrives under pressure. He has shown steady improvement each time we have seen him. He has all the tools to take his game to the 4-year level and dominate.”
It’s likely that Brown will earn an opportunity to dominate immediately upon arriving in Seattle next season. The program’s current starting punter, Joel Whitford, is entering his final year of eligibility. The Neerim South, Australia, product has played in 23 of 25 games in the last two seasons, averaging 41.9 yards per punt with 25 punts inside the 20 and 14 boots of 50 yards or more. Junior Seattle native Race Porter is also competing at the position.
Brown marks the Huskies’ ninth verbal commit in the 2020 class and their second this week, after four-star wide receiver Jalen McMillan pledged to UW on Tuesday. Four of those commits — including Brown and McMillan — hail from California, the most of any state.
Come 2020, an artist will arrive at Washington. Husky Stadium is the canvas, and Brown’s booming right leg will be the brush.