Michael Dickson. Ryan Bujcevski. Isaac Pearson.
On Wednesday, Pearson became the latest ProKick Australia product to sign with the Texas Longhorns as a punter and also has the distinction of being the first signee announced in the 2021 class.
Pearson’s signature on his National Letter of Intent is another important sign point in a remarkable journey. An Australian rules football player growing up in New South Wales, Pearson was an apprentice mechanic for a coal mine when he noticed an Australian punter on his Madden video game.
He started to see a way out of the mines.
After receiving an invite from ProKick Australia, Pearson began researching potential landing spots in the United States.
“I googled ‘coolest college teams’ and the Texas Longhorns came up at the top of the list,” Pearson told Sports Illustrated. “I couldn’t think of anything more American than that.”
The 6’2, 215-pounder eventually built a relationship with Texas special teams quality control coach Casey Horny and committed in late May after receiving a scholarship offer.
A consensus three-star prospect, Pearson is ranked as the top punter in Australia for the 2021 recruiting class and the No. 4 punter overall, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.