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3-star QB Sam Saxton commits to Texas as a preferred walk on

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The grandson of Longhorn legend James Saxton will play his college football in Austin.

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Sam Saxton

As the quarterbacks room for the Texas Longhorns experiences an unusual level of offseason uncertainty thanks to the new transfer rules, head coach Tom Herman and his staff added a talented preferred walk on to the program on Thursday with the commitment of Austin St. Michael’s Academy pro-style quarterback Sam Saxton:

The grandson of legendary Texas running back James Saxton, who became the first Longhorns All-American at the position in school history in 1961, the 6’5, 190-pounder was committed to Southern Miss from August until early December.

Saxton also held offers from Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Memphis, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Rutgers, Toledo, Tulane, and others.

So the former Austin Westlake and Austin High quarterback has an unusual profile for a preferred walk on thanks to the Power Five offer from the Scarlett Knights and multiple offers from Group of Five programs. Consider Saxton arguably the most talented walk-on quarterback at Texas in at least the last decade.

And though Saxton is considered a pro-style quarterback, he does have enough athleticism to credibly run Herman’s offense — he ran a 4.76 40-yard dash and a 4.34 shuttle last year at a regional camp for The Opening.

As a junior at Austin High, he threw for more than 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with three rushing touchdowns.

A consensus three-star prospect, Saxton is ranked as the No. 1,135 player nationally, the No. 38 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 148 player nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.