Following the graduation of Daniel Trejo and the departure of Isaac Pearson to the NCAA transfer portal, Texas Longhorns special teams coordinator Jeff Banks worked quickly to secure a visit from former Stanford Cardinal punter Ryan Sanborn, who committed to the Longhorns on Dec. 13 after a weekend visit to the Forty Acres.
On Wednesday, Sanborn signed with the Horns on Early Signing Day.
As a graduate transfer, Sanborn has one remaining season of eligibility.
Ranked as a consensus three-star prospect in the 2019 recruiting class out of Francis Parker School, Sanborn was the No. 2 punter nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, choosing Stanford over offers from Michigan, Northwestern, and Washington State, among others. A two-time team captain, Sanborn was also a participant in the 2019 All-American Bowl.
Sanborn was thrust into action quickly for the Cardinal, handling field goal, kickoff, and punting duties as a freshman, making 7-of-9 field goals with a long of 49 yards, kicking off 27 times with 14 touchbacks, and punting 52 times for 2,106 yards (40.5 average) with 18 punts inside the 20-yard line.
As a sophomore, Sanborn’s average dropped to 39.0 yards per punt, but nine of his 23 punts were downed inside the 20-yard line and three went for more than 50 yards.
In 2021, Sanborn improved, averaging 43.3 yards on 63 punts with 19 inside the 20-yard line and 16 punts of more than 50 yards.
Named the first-team Pac-12 punter by PFF as a senior, Sanborn averaged 41.7 yards per punt with 20 of his 57 punts landing inside the 20-yard line and a long of 59 yards.
And while his yards per punt as a senior only ranked No. 63 nationally, Sanborn is extremely experienced, was slightly better than Trejo in 2022, and has emergency value as a kickoff specialist and placekicker.