Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman waves to Texas Longhorns fans as he arrives to compete against Utah Utes during an NCAA college football game at the Valero Alamo Bowl at the Alamo dome on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Longhorns add punter Isaac Pearson to 2021 recruiting class

Posted May 29th, 2020


Texas’ 2021 recruiting class grew to 11 members Friday morning when Isaac Pearson, a punter from ProKick Australia, pledged to the Longhorns. Pearson is the third consecutive punter from ProKick Australia to commit to Texas as a punter, following Michael Dickson and current punter Ryan Bujcevski. Texas’ recruiting class ranks 14th in the nation and first in the Big 12. 

“A big theme at ProKick Austrailia is the legacy you leave for the next man to follow you, so I’m incredibly grateful to those guys because they helped give me this opportunity by being successful,” Pearson said. “I have followed Texas for a long time now because of them, and I never thought it’d be a possibility to follow in those footsteps.”

Pearson is 6-2, 215 pounds. Texas was his only recorded offer. He is not ranked by the recruiting sites. He’ll arrive on campus for the start of the 2021 season, if he remains committed to Texas. Bujcevski would be entering his senior season by then, giving Pearson a chance to learn for a year and take over the job in 2022 as a redshirt freshman. 

Pearson took an interesting route to the football field. He’s 22 and spent time working as a mechanic in coal mines before going to an assessment at ProKick Australia three years ago.

“I first picked up a football at the assessment when I was 20, and it felt foreign. I played Australian Football,” Pearson admitted. “I loved the idea of studying overseas and potentially playing in front of big crowds, so the decision to train as a punter was a natural one.”

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