Outside of hiring assistants coaches, Texas coach Tom Herman has addressed the biggest personnel issue facing the Longhorns — finding a kicker.
Joshua Rowland, a second-team junior college All-American, announced on Twitter late Sunday that he had committed to Texas.
He was nine for 12 on field goal attempts this season at Mississippi Gulf Coast with a season long from 44 yards. Rowland was also 32 for 33 on extra points.
— Joshua Rowland (@joshua__44) December 12, 2016
There was no official indication from Herman’s Twitter account that Texas had landed a new recruit, though.
Originally from Madison, Miss., Rowland was a soccer standout for his high school team. Rowland’s soccer team played for three straight high school state championships, according to his bio.
Former coach Charlie Strong seemed to put little emphasis on finding a kicker. Last season, the Longhorns went through the recruiting cycle without landing anybody. It wasn’t until the summer that LSU graduate transfer Trent Domingue landed in UT’s lap.
Kicking was an adventure during the 2016 season. Texas had three extra points blocked against Oklahoma State. Two other kicks were blocked, and Notre Dame returned one for a score.
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2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting classHere's a look at the recruits who have committed to Texas coach Tom Herman for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from Horns247. Oral commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 1, 2017.
|Damion Miller||WR||Tyler John Tyler||4||6/25/2015|
|Kobe Boyce||CB||Lake Dallas||3||4/3/2016|
|Joshua Rowland*||K||Miss. Gulf Coast CC||N/A||12/11/16|
|Toneil Carter||RB||Langham Creek||4||12/19/16|
|Cade Brewer||TE||Lake Travis||3||12/23/16|
|Daniel Young||RB||Houston Westfield||3||12/23/16|
|Derek Kerstetter||OL||San Antonio Reagan||3||12/26/16|
|Reese Leitao||TE||Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks||3||12/29/16|
|Max Cummins||OL||FW All Saints||3||1/17/17|
|Gary Johnson||LB||Dodge City CC||4||1/20/17|
|*-indicates signed letter of intent|
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