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Four Texas Football Players Enter the Transfer Portal on Saturday

NCAA Football: Alabama at Texas

April 15 is a rough day for the Longhorns, with multiple players entering the transfer portal in the same hour. Following the start of the 15-day window for the spring football transfer portal, multiple Longhorns decided to jump ship and head for greener pastures, no pun intended.

The four players entering the portal are linebacker Trevell Johnson, edge rusher Derrick Brown, and a pair of receivers in Brenen Thompson and Jaden Alexis.


Starting things off with Trevell Johnson. Johnson is a freshman for the Longhorns who didn’t see the field in his first year of college football. Standing 6-foot-1, 186 pounds, Johnson is a bit undersized but definitely still has time to bulk up a bit.

Listed as the 469th overall prospect by On3 Industry Rankings, Johnson had some nationwide media and had some major potential to blossom for the Longhorns, but unfortunately that ended abruptly. Johnson is also listed as the 47th-ranked linebacker in the country, as well as the 74th-best player in the state of Texas.

The carnage for Longhorns fans continues, as edge rusher Derrick Brown followed Johnson to the transfer portal. Brown marks the second of four players before noon to enter the transfer portal, alongside Johnson, Thompson and Alexis.

Brown was ranked as the 360th overall prospect for the Longhorns and the 35th-ranked player at his position by On3 Industry Rankings. The dynamic pass-rusher was also listed as the 53rd player in the state of Texas.

The next name to jump ship is freshman wide receiver Brenen Thompson, who 247Sports had ranked as a four-star prospect before committing to Texas and was even ranked as the 101st-overall recruit in the class of 2022. Thompson was also listed as the 20th-ranked receiver nationwide in the 2022 cycle, as well as the 20th-best player in the state of Texas.

The last of the four players to move on from Austin is wide receiver, Jaden Alexis. Alexis was also ranked as a four-star recruit in the 2021 class, and according to On3 Industry Rankings, Alexis was the 371st-overall player in the 2021 class. The pair of dynamic receivers leaving behind Steve Sarkisian are tough losses, but with one of the best receiver rooms in the country, the Longhorns should be fine.

While losses certainly aren’t a positive for Texas fans, they can at least rest with comfort knowing that with every vacancy on their team, their top recruiting class should plug and play that position with a four or five-star of their own.

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