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Texas to add former OSU QB Kenny Guiton to staff

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Tom Herman’s old pupil looks set to join him in Austin.

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The Twitter bio of former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Kenny Guiton now says that he’s a quality control assistant with the wide receivers for the Texas Longhorns, though the school has not yet made an official announcement.

Expect that at some point in the coming days for the now-former Houston Cougars graduate assistant, who spent last season working in that capacity under new Texas head coach Tom Herman.

Expanding the personnel staff was one of the first priorities for Herman after arriving in Austin — he said that his goal is to compete with the top programs nationally.

“We need to stay competitive with the elite teams in the country — the Alabama’s, the Ohio State’s, the Clemson’s of the world — in terms of our facilities and our resources and support staff and recruiting staff and all that,” Herman told Dan Patrick after his hire.

So far, former standout safety Michael Huff and Andrew Sowder are the only quality control assistants listed in the football staff directory, but expect that number to continue growing in the coming weeks.

The Crimson Tide, for instance, employ nine football analysts.

A Texas native, Guiton played at Aldine Eisenhower before spending time as a back up for the Buckeyes, playing two seasons under Herman. In Herman’s first season in Columbus, Guiton lead the late comeback against Purdue to preserve Ohio State’s undefeated season in relief of Braxton Miller following an injury.

As a senior in 2013, Guiton started two games and produced three wins replacing Miller once again. In the process, he set a school record for the longest pass play from scrimmage, led the Big Ten in passing efficiency, and set the school’s single-season marks in passing efficiency and completion percentage.

Guiton participated in a mini-camp with the Buffalo Bills after his college career ended, but quickly opted for a future in coaching after Herman invited him to join his staff in Houston. Guiton had run into the then-Ohio State offensive coordinator at the team hotel right before the national championship victory over Oregon.

Now he has big ambitions in the coaching world.

“I definitely wouldn’t mind being a head coach one day,” Guiton told CollegeSpun in an interview. “Right now, I want to be a positional coach. That’s no secret or anything. My goal one day is to be an offensive coordinator. Right now I feel like if I become an offensive coordinator, I could do some things to excel and show programs around the country that I’m capable of being a head coach. But that’s so far down the road. My main objective is if I can get a position job, maybe one day become an OC and from there we’ll see.”

Guiton doesn’t know a possible timetable for the ascension, but he does know that he wants to stick with Herman as long as possible.

“I’m all-in with Herman, man,” he said. “I love that guy. I love what he does in this program and I want to stick with him as long as I need to, whether it’s a positional job or whatever I need to do.”