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Longhorns Add Former SEC Linebacker, Five-Star Prospect Through Transfer Portal

NCAA Football: Auburn at Alabama

New Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian is bringing a familiar face to Austin.

As was first reported by Inside Texas back in early March, the Longhorns added former Alabama linebacker, Ben Davis. Coming out of high school in the Class of 2016, Davis was ranked as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the nation and a Top 10 prospect, according to 247Sports.

Davis made the news official on Twitter this week.


Davis did not live up to the five-star hype at Alabama. He was injured early in his career and then over the past two seasons, he appeared in eight games for the Tide’s defense, recording seven total tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a sack. Davis entered the transfer portal after the 2020 season.

The Longhorns have a big hole to fill after Joseph Ossai decided to declare for the NFL Draft following the 2020 season. 

So now Davis, at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, is expected to compete for the starting “JACK” backer role for Sarkisian’s defense next season. He will have a competition with former LSU linebacker Ray Thornton and Norte Dame linebacker Ovie Oghoufo, who also come in via the transfer portal.

In four years with the Tigers, Thornton racked up 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for losses, and three sacks in 21 career games. Oghoufo recorded 33 tackles, five tackles for losses, and five sacks in three seasons with the Irish. 

Texas also brought in another linebacker transfer this week in New Mexico State transfer Devin Richardson. Richardson redshirted in the 2018 season and burst onto the scene in 2019 with 69 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Richardson only played one game in 2020 and had 8 tackles.

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