Colorado State head football coach Mike Bobo announced the addition of the nation’s No. 1 punter on Wednesday. Ryan Stonehouse, who is ranked by Scout.com as the best punter in the Class of 2017, selected CSU over California and Illinois, among other offers.
Stonehouse will be charged with filling big shoes – left by graduating All-America punter Hayden Hunt, who is preparing for the NFL Combine after leaving CSU as one of the Rams’ top specialists and a 2015 Ray Guy Award finalist. However, Stonehouse is an All-America of his own, being named one of the nation’s elite by Blue & Grey, Scout and MaxPreps, in addition to a handful of other accolades throughout his prep career at Mater Dei High School in California.
He helped the Monarchs to a 13-1 mark in 2016, including an undefeated CIF title and a No. 3 national ranking. Stonehouse averaged 45.2 yards per punt, including a long of 65. In addition to his success at Mater Dei, he has participated in several national kicking camps, including the Kohl’s Kicking Camp and winning the 2016 Jamie Cole Western Winter Showcase.
Stonehouse comes from an athletic family that includes his father, Paul, who was an All-America kicker/punter for Stanford, and uncle, Jeff, who was an All-America punter at USC. Another uncle, Jeff Banks, was at punter at Washington State and is currently the special teams coordinator at Texas A&M.
Stonehouse joins a signing class that includes 26 members announced on Feb. 1. For more on the Rams’ highly rated signing class, click here.
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