Trevor Gerland, a first-team 5A All-State punter at Katy Cinco Ranch High School, who is also one of Texas' top prep track and field performers, will be a part of the Longhorn football class of newcomers in 2005, Mack Brown said on Thursday.
Gerland (6-2, 190), a prep honor student who signed a National Letter of Intent with Bubba Thornton's Texas track and field program last fall, will participate on a football scholarship and compete in both sports for the Longhorns. He becomes the 15th member of UT's football class of signees for next fall.
"Trevor had already signed with Texas as one of the top track and field performers in the country and now will also be a part of the football program," Brown said. "He's a tremendous student and athlete who will be a great addition to the Longhorns athletics family."
Gerland earned first-team 5A All-State honors from both The Associated Press and the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior, while averaging 50.3 yards per punt on 29 attempts with a long of 71 versus Alief Elsik. He also had kicks of 66 and 63 yards in a win over Alief Hastings and helped Cinco Ranch to an 8-3 record and its first-ever playoff appearance that year. Gerland also saw action at wide receiver as a sophomore, junior and senior.
"Everyone saw the impact that the kicking game had on our Rose Bowl win, and Trevor is a guy that averaged better than 50 yards per punt and put a high percentage of his kickoffs into the end zone," Brown added. "When you have someone that athletic who you know is a great competitor, he can be a valuable asset to your special teams, especially if he needs to handle a poor snap or as a safety on punts and kickoff returns."
A 5A All-State performer in the 110-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and long jump, Gerland finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2005 Nike Indoor Nationals with a time of 7.825 and also was a member of the winning 4x200-meter relay team. He helped Cinco Ranch to the 2004 5A state outdoor team championship, finishing second as a member of the 4x200-meter relay team, fourth in the 110-meter hurdles and seventh in the 200-meters.
As a junior, Gerland took second in the pentathlon at the Nike Indoor Nationals, scoring 3,627 points. He finished seventh at the state meet in the long jump as a sophomore and has posted career bests of 22.21 in the 200 meters, 13.85 in the 110-meter hurdles and 23-5 1/2 in the long jump.
"It's a blessing to have even been offered a scholarship for one sport there, and to be in a position where you can compete in more than one sport at a Division I university, is just a honor," Gerland said. "UT is where I've wanted to go my whole life. Growing up in Texas, it was the school that I loved. My cousins live in Austin. I would visit them, and I loved the campus, the people and the area."