UT pursuing kicker McCrane as walk-on

The Longhorns won’t be signing any kickers to scholarship in 2013. But they could take a walk-on and Brownwood’s Matt McCrane could be that guy.

McCrane spoke with Major Applewhite over the weekend and was invited to Texas’ spring game on April 1. McCrane, who was 7-of-12 with a long of 52 yards last season, will attend.

“I actually have been talking to him since last year,” McCrane said. “He invited me to some gamedays. I talked to him on Saturday or Sunday and he told me he wanted me to attend the spring game. He said they wouldn’t be signing a 2013 kicker on scholarship but that a walk-on could be a possibility.”

McCrane has a 3.74 GPA and scored off the charts on his SAT, so getting in to Texas shouldn’t be a problem.

McCrane is garnering interest from other schools but said the idea of going to Texas as a walk-on appeals to him because of his Longhorns roots.

“My dad actually played tennis for Texas so I have been around the program,” he said. “I have Texas stuff in my room and have had season tickets since I was a kid. I told Coach Applewhite I’m fine with being a walk-on, but I tell you what, when I get there I am going to work my tail off and try to earn a scholarship and be the No. 1 guy.”

McCrane spoke with Texas Tech on Monday was invited to its spring game on Saturday. He was told the Red Raiders are taking a kicker in 2013 and that he could be the guy.

“I am also going up to Princeton’s junior day April 20 and then Texas A&M invited me to their junior day as well,” he said.

McCrane would like to receive a scholarship offer from someone just to assure that he has the option of going to college on scholarship. Even if that does happen, that school will have to compete with his good friend and former Brownwood teammate, Jaxon Shipley, in order for McCrane to go that route.

“I talked to [Shipley] last night and told him about Texas Tech,” McCrane said. “He told me he wanted me in Austin. Jokingly, I told him if I end up at Tech I will beat you guys with a game winner.”