The University of Texas had an extremely successful month of May on the recruiting trail. Tom Herman’s and staff started off by landing key defensive commitments from four-star defensive end Jordon Thomas and three-star linebacker Morice Blackwell. They followed that up with commitments from a couple of three-star weapons in running back Jonathon Brooks and wide receiver Casey Cain.
They then had a stumble as they lost a commitment from three-star tight end, Landen King, less than a month after his commitment. They closed the month out though by landing Australian punter Isaac Pearson.
Pearson might be a name that most people in the states aren’t aware of. He’s not ranked when it comes to 247Sports player rankings. But he comes from an long and prosperous pipeline of Australian punters that have made the move to Austin, Texas.
Like Michael Dickson and Ryan Bujcevski ,Pearson hails from the land down under and has dreamed of playing for the Longhorns since he can remember.
“I began supporting Texas years ago and fell in love with the program. From there I trained as a punter and didn’t really think it was a possibility that I would one day play for the Longhorns. So when the opportunity came knocking there wasn’t a second thought,” Pearson said.
Michael Dickson, now a pro bowler and former first-team All-Pro punter for the Seattle Seahawks, is a punting legend at Texas. The fifth-round draft pick was a unanimous All-American in his junior year. He won the Ray Guy Award for the nation’s best punter, and he was named the MVP of the 2017 Texas Bowl. Pearson will arrive at Austin with massive Aussie shoes to fill.
“I haven’t met Michael Dickson yet, although I have trained briefly with Ryan,” Pearson said. “I am aware of the legacy they have built and I am looking forward to the challenge of making them proud and continuing the tradition.”
‘Football’ is different all over the world. In Australia, football is played with two teams of eighteen players on an oval field where points are scored by kicking the oval ball between goalposts. This style of play has created some incredible kickers and punters from Australia that make the move to the states. Currently, there are six punters in the NFL who are from Australia. Recruiting Australian kids to punt is a trend that won’t be going away anytime soon.
“Like a lot of Aussies, I grew up playing Australian Football, and we were taught how to kick a footy (Australian football) very early in life. It has always been so much fun punting a ball around the backyard with my dad and younger brother,” Pearson said. “Training to be a punter provided me an opportunity to receive a world-class education and play sport at an elite level doing something that I will always consider just so much fun!”
Pearson won’t arrive in Austin until 2021 but he’s already very excited to get started with the Longhorns.
“I cannot wait to jump headfirst into practices and study, I haven’t visited the city – I have heard amazing reports from my mates and am so excited to see some of the live country music that Austin is renowned for,” Pearson explained.
Upon arriving in Austin, Pearson wants Longhorn fans to know a few things about him.
“Prior to training to become a punter, I was working as a mechanic in the Coal Mines. So Longhorn nation can expect a blue-collar work ethic and a massive smile with whatever I’m doing,” Pearson said.
Australia ➡️ Austin
Following in the footsteps of Michael Dickson and Ryan Bujcevski, Isaac Pearson's commitment to @TexasFootball is solidifying a Prokick pipeline.@Isaac_Pearson23 | @ProkickAus | @KVUE pic.twitter.com/FFkh5KfXPg
— Jake García (@Jake_M_Garcia) June 7, 2020
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