The Texas Longhorns have now officially lost another 2014 starter at right tackle after head coach Charlie Strong confirmed on Thursday that junior Camrhon Hughes is not with the program.
Reports first surfaced several weeks ago that Hughes would not be with the team when it reported, but a school official denied to confirm the news at the time.
A school official traveling with head coach Charlie Strong for ESPN interviews declined to confirm the report to the Austin American-Statesman, but the player known to his head coach as NCAA -- No Contact At All -- looked like he was out of the rotation during the spring with the arrival of several early enrollees.
The 6'7, 324-pounder arrived as a four-star prospect out of Harker Heights, but suffered an ACL tear the summer before his freshman season and never regained his mobility. Despite his movement issues, however, Hughes stepped into the starting lineup at right tackle against Iowa State for his first career appearance after former five-star prospect Darius James fell out of favor with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline, starting the next five games before giving way to Jake Raulerson for the Texas Bowl against Arkansas.
But with early enrollee Connor Williams starting in the Orange-White game at right tackle and available options behind him in fellow early enrollees Garrett Thomas, Tristan Nickelson, and Brandon Hodges, Hughes dropped on the depth chart and appeared unlikely to play much in 2015.
With the departure of Hughes, the Longhorns have had five offensive lineman leave the program in the last year. So Hughes is now part of a list that includes Rami Hammad, Desmond Harrison, Curtis Riser, and Darius James. All five were ranked as four-star prospects or higher.