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Texas coach Tom Herman lands junior college kicker Joshua Rowland

Mississippi Gulf Coast kicker becomes first commitment for new Texas coach

Posted December 12th, 2016

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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.

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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.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

Here'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.

PlayerPos.SchoolStarsCommitted
Damion MillerWRTyler John Tyler46/25/2015
Sam EhlingerQBWestlake47/28/2015
Kobe BoyceCBLake Dallas34/3/2016
Montrell EstellSHooks35/20/2016
Josh ThompsonCBNacogdoches37/27/2016
Taquon GrahamDLTemple49/5/16
Joshua Rowland*KMiss. Gulf Coast CCN/A12/11/16
Toneil CarterRBLangham Creek412/19/16
Cade BrewerTELake Travis312/23/16
Daniel YoungRBHouston Westfield312/23/16
Derek KerstetterOLSan Antonio Reagan312/26/16
Reese LeitaoTETulsa (Okla.) Jenks312/29/16
Marqez BimageLBBrenham31/6/17
Max CumminsOLFW All Saints31/17/17
Gary JohnsonLBDodge City CC41/20/17
*-indicates signed letter of intent

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