The winding recruitment of Fort Worth Nolan Catholic kicker Jon Coppens apparently came to an end on Tuesday evening when he announced that he will be playing football for the Texas Longhorns:
Done with the process. I am enrolling in the McCombs School of Business and will be playing Football at the University of Texas! #Hookem— Jon Coppens (@joncopp33) May 6, 2015
A consensus two-star prospect ranked as the No. 16 kicker nationally, Coppens originally planned to walk on at Wyoming, committing to the Cowboys last December. In January he decommitted from Wyoming and committed to Incarnate Word on the same day. Then he had another change of plans, pledging to Rice just before National Signing Day.
However, he never signed his National Letter of Intent with the Owls and remained on the market in doing so. Now he'll head to Texas, presumably as a preferred walk on.
Based on his offer list, academics were likely a priority for the 6'1, 195-pounder, as his 247Sports profile reports offers from Cornell, Dartmouth, and Yale, among others.
The Longhorns currently have three place-kickers on the roster -- senior Nick Rose, the starter, junior Nick Jordan, and freshman Evan Moore. There's also an opening at punter, where Texas has only two contenders at the moment, with prospective starter Mitchell Becker, a sophomore, hardly taking control of the job during the spring game.
He connected on 8 of 10 field goal attempts, with a long of 45 yards, and converted all 25 extra point tries in his senior season, while also having some experience as a punter.