The trend for the Texas Longhorns ever since deciding to offer scholarships to kickers and punters some years ago has been to take a scholarship player there every other year. With sophomore Nick Jordan the last take in the 2012 class, it was time for the 'Horns to take another kicker in the 2014 class and after a strong camp performance late last week, Texas offered and received a commitment from Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell punter Corbin Daly on Friday.
Being able to play for this man in 2014, couldn't think of a better one pic.twitter.com/wOIAxzl5GN— corbin daly (@corbin_daly) June 15, 2013
Graduate transfer Alex King was excellent last season after coming to Texas from Duke, but he exhausted his eligibility last season, leaving Anthony Fera, Will Russ, and Jordan battling for the job. But Fera wasn't very good in the spring game, averaging 32.5 yards per attempt on two punts, Russ missed the spring, and Jordan is more of a natural place-kicker than a punter. In other words, the punting situation is full of question marks at this time and Fera only has one more season of eligibility remaining.
Enter Daly, who is ranked as a consensus two-star prospect, which is good enough to rate as one of the top three punters in the country by the 247Sports composite rankings. However, he didn't hold any other offers when he committed to Texas and with spots becoming increasingly scarce in the 2014 class, the move was a bit surprising given the recent failures of scholarship kickers like Russ and Trevor Gerland.
The good news is that Daly averaged 47 yards per punt last season and performed well enough in a camp setting to earn his offer. Still, the pressure is on for him to walk on to campus and win the job because he'll be expected to contribute right away.