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Texas Flips Transfer DL Jermayne Lole From Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Brent Venables, at right, and Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian talk before the Red River Showdown college football game between the University of Oklahoma (OU) and Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022.

In a somewhat shocking turn of events, Steve Sarkisian and Texas have flipped a commitment from Louisville transfer DL Jermayne Lole, who was originally committed to the Longhorns’ arch-rivals, Oklahoma.

The Sooners earned Lole’s commitment after hosting him on a visit for their spring game last month.

A few days later, Oklahoma landed a commitment from TCU defensive tackle Damonic Williams, who was considered the top available defensive lineman in the portal. The Sooners outpaced Texas, LSU, and Missouri in the race for Williams, so Texas had to pivot to bolster its defensive front.

 

Lole, who began his collegiate career as a defensive end, is listed at 6 foot-3, 310 pounds, and is native to Long Beach, California.

As a member of the 2018 Class, Lole committed to Arizona State and spent his first three seasons with the Sun Devils, where he grew into one of the best defensive linemen in the Pac-12.

In 28 career appearances for ASU, he totaled 123 tackles, 20.0 for loss, 11.0 sacks, eight pass deflections, and two forced fumbles. Entering his junior year in 2020, Lole was named PFF Preseason All-American and First-Team Defensive Line. However, his career would hit a snag after that, as he suffered a season-ending injury in fall camp that forced him to miss the entire 2021 season.

 

Looking for a new start, Lole transferred to Louisville ahead of the 2022 season and was set for a big year with the Cardinals. Unfortunately, he suffered a severe elbow injury just two games into the season and was forced to miss a second consecutive season.

In 2023, however, Lole came back with a vengeance.

Appearing in 12 of the Cardinals’ 14 games, he recorded 19 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two pass deflections, and one forced fumble. After receiving a medical redshirt, Lole opted to return to college football for one more season.

Now, as a member of the Longhorns’ defensive unit, Lole will work into a rotation that needs to replace Byron Murphy II and T’Vondre Sweat after the duo went in the first two rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft.

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