According to several reports, former Lamar High School star, Houston Cougars backup and 2012 LA Harbor Community College starting quarterback Bram Kolhausen will walk on at the University of Texas, but will not sign a letter of intent. Kohlhausen was a high school star for Lamar, throwing for 2,301 yards, and 31 touchdowns over two seasons, earning him a rating among the top 200 quarterbacks in the state of Texas during his senior year in 2011.
The 6’2′, 190 pound Kolhausen finished 75-114 (65.8% completion percentage) for 784 yards and seven touchdowns for LA Harbor this past season in four games before being sidelined with a shoulder injury. Nominally, Kohlhausen is a senior given his decision to transfer from a Division I program back down to a Junior College and now electing to walk on to the Forty Acres.
With a quarterback competition sure to be in the works between David Ash, Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard, the addition of the experienced Kohlhausen into the mix adds an experience factor which was obviously missing in the gap between Ash as a redshirt junior and Swoopes as a sophomore.
To a degree, Kohlhausen’s ability to play consistently at the collegiate level is an unknown quantity given that he only appeared in four games at LA Harbor and played sparingly at Houston as he was buried on the depth chart behind Case Keenum and David Piland. There’s few who will assume that Kohlhausen has been offered a true opportunity to win the quarterback job from Ash, Swoopes or Heard, but instead that he’s being brought to Austin as an insurance policy should things move sideways.
That possibility is certainly greater than it appears given Ash’s injury issues, Swoopes’ lack of experience in spite of his first year of eligibility being burned for limited playing time and the arrival of Heard in the fall.
Either way, it’s an interesting decision by Texas and one we’ll be watching closely.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer and the Hiring Manager for Rant Sports.