The University of Texas added an experienced collegiate kicker to their program Sunday, winning a commitment from LSU transfer Trent Domingue.
Officially a Texas Longhorn! #HookEm????????
— Trent Domingue (@TrentDomingue) July 24, 2016
Domingue joined LSU as a walk-on in 2012, but did not see any action until 2014. Over two seasons of play, most of it in 2015, he’s 15-of-21 on career field goals and 55-56 on extra points. Last season, he made 13 of 17 tries including a a streak of ten consecutive makes. His longest successful attempt was 45 yards.
The place kicker chose to leave the program after his scholarship was not renewed.
“My heart will always be with LSU and it was truly an honor to play for the Mad Hatter (LSU coach Les Miles),” Domingue wrote in a farewell letter, “Good luck to my Alma Mater, as I’m sure they will have many successes this coming season and Geaux Tigers.”
LSU coach Les Miles said that Domingue did not give him enough time to find a resolution.
“We gave him a scholarship last year,” Miles said to NOLA.com. “It was one-year award. We did not renew it for the next. All I told him was give me a few days and we will make this work. I could not re-sign him until a day before the first class. That’s how we did it the year before.”
Meanwhile, Texas coach Charlie Strong can rest a little easier with this acquisition. The team has been in need of a place kicker for the 2016 season. While they were expecting to rely on a walk-on in the fall, the addition of an experienced kicker is very helpful for the Longhorns.