Texas Head Football coach gathered outside of Gregory Gym to give away free pizza and meet students as they get ready and prepare for finals on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Junior college kicker Joshua Rowland officially signs with Texas

Posted December 14th, 2016

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Less than three days after committing, Joshua Rowland made it official Wednesday.

The kicker from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College officially signed his national letter of intent to play for Texas next fall, becoming the first player in the 2017 class to put pen to paper. Wednesday marked the beginning of the signing period for junior college players.

Sports reporter Patrick Ochs from the Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.) tweeted out a photo of Rowland’s signing, and Texas confirmed it with a press release.

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“It was a whirlwind of emotions,” Rowland told the Sun Herald. “I probably made it more stressful than I needed it to be. Being a kicker, all these bigger schools came in late. I’m glad I waited and held out for the right school.”

Rowland visited Austin over the weekend and made his commitment official late Sunday night via Twitter.

He was a second-team All-American this season for the Bulldogs. He made 9 of 12 field goal attempts with a long of 44 yards, and missed just once on 33 extra points. Originally from Madison, Mississippi, he played for three state soccer titles in high school, according to his bio.

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