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2021 K Bert Auburn commits to Texas

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Jeff Banks quickly locked in on Auburn as a preferred walk on after arriving in Austin.

NCAA Football: Southern California at Texas Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns added a kicker to the 2021 recruiting class as a preferred walk on with the Sunday commitment of Flower Mound’s Bert Auburn.

A 6’0, 160-pounder, Auburn surfaced as a target for new Longhorns special teams coordinator Jeff Banks on Thursday and didn’t need long to make his decision.

Auburn has been a hot commodity in the preferred walk-on market in recent days as programs look to fill out their rosters — Florida State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech all extended similar offers in recent days.

Over three years kicking for Flower Mound, Auburn went 17-of-21 kicking with a long of 50 yards during his sophomore season. On extra points, Auburn hit 136-of-142 attempts.

Clearly, Auburn has a projectable leg at the position:

Texas needed to add quality depth at the position with Cameron Dicker entering his fourth year in the program — Dicker has two seasons of eligibility remaining, but it’s not clear whether he will choose to use both or take a shot at the NFL after the 2021 season.

So Auburn is a nice addition for Banks without risking a scholarship, something that has hurt Texas in the past when kickers went on to underachieve on the Forty Acres.