The Texas Longhorns career of sophomore wide receiver Ryan Newsome is now over after one season on the Forty Acres, as the former consensus four-star prospect announced his intent to transfer via Twitter on Sunday:
Newsome joined the Texas class on National Signing Day of 2015 after a short commitment to UCLA, but played sparingly during his first season, participating in seven games on offense and special teams. The 5’8, 166-pounder from Aledo caught four passes for 23 yards and returned six kickoffs for 110 yards.
However, after the 2015 season, running backs coach Tommie Robinson, with whom Newsome has had a nearly lifelong relationship, left to return to USC. And Newsome wasn’t much of a factor in the Orange and White game, suggesting that he wasn’t in line for much playing time this fall, though he was expected to compete for return duties.
If defensive end/linebacker Erick Fowler does not qualify — he’s not currently enrolled for the second summer session — Texas will be at the 85-man scholarship limit for the fall after adding four former Baylor signees to the 2016 recruiting class this summer.