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Signing day notebook: Texas, looking for the next Michael Dickson, signed Dickson’s cousin

Posted December 20th, 2017

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On national signing day, Tom Herman expanded his recruiting radius by a few miles.

In addition to securing signatures from California, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah, the Longhorns had the surprising addition of Australian punter Ryan Bujcevski to its 2018 recruiting class. Bujcevski is the countryman and cousin of Texas junior punter Michael Dickson.

Dickson, who won the Ray Guy Award earlier this month, took to Twitter to congratulate him.

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Like Dickson, Bujcevski received a late introduction to the sport. He played Australian rules football until moving to Melbourne at the age of 17. He has worked with ProKick Australia, which specializes in training kickers and punters.

Due to bowl prep and the early signing period, Herman estimated he hadn’t been in the home or high school of seven or eight UT signees. Bujcevski was obviously one of those players. Texas coaches studied film of Bujcevski before offering a scholarship. They also leaned on the word of instructors from ProKick, which counts Dickson and former Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston among its alumni.

“When those guys say this guy is the next whatever, you believe them,” Herman said. “They’re that good at their job.”

Bujcevski will provide Texas with insurance for Dickson, who may declare for the upcoming NFL draft. Herman said Dickson has not yet solidified his plans for the future. Texas, though, had enough open slots to have two punters on scholarship if Dickson decides to return.

No steals: On his first signing day, Herman forecasted that three-star running back Daniel Young could be the “steal” of a patchwork class that ranked 25th in 247Sports’ composite rankings. Young backed up that prediction with four starts this season. His 325 rushing yards rank behind only Sam Ehlinger’s 364.

Since these new recruits don’t belong to a transition class, Herman said there may not be a steal in the Class of 2018. Herman noted “these were really, really highly-recruited guys … I don’t think we were seeing anything in any of these guys that nobody else did.”

Herman, though, was excited about the physical potential of Reese Moore, an offensive lineman from Seminole. Moore was a tight end for the Class 4A high school, but he projects as a tackle in college. Herman said he’s looking forward to seeing the 6-6, 260-pound prospect work with strength coach Yancy McKnight.

“It’s hard for me to wrap my head around what the ceiling is for that young man, because I think we haven’t even come close to it yet,” Herman said.

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