Cameron Townsend’s arrival in Austin has helped put the University of Texas football program in a special class.
A fourth-year linebacker, Townsend was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll as a freshman after being selected to play in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, a game sponsored by the Marine Corps and for which senior high school players are largely selected based on character attributes.
Since coming to Austin, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Townsend has also found a way to contribute on the field, regularly playing on special teams as a junior and in 10 of 12 games as a redshirt freshman, according to the TCU website.
Townsend starred at Ridge Point High School, where he was a three-year captain and all-state selection as a senior, recording 41 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss, along with nine passes defended.
Overall, the Ridge Point defense posted four shutouts that year and allowed seven points or fewer in seven games to cap a 12-1 season.