From dabbing to departing — Texas Longhorns sophomore linebacker Erick Fowler is no longer with the football team, less than a year since his late enrollment in school, according to multiple reports.
A school spokesperson, however, told multiple outlets that there hasn’t been a change in Fowler’s status with the team. Insert your own “yet” at the end, if you wish.
The former consensus No. 74 player in the nation drew attention for his high-profile flip from LSU in a ceremony on National Signing Day in 2016, prompting former head coach Charlie Strong to hit a dab of his own in response.
But Fowler quickly encountered grade issues and wasn’t able to enroll at Texas until midway through fall camp, a development that dealt an early blow to his learning curve.
As a result, the 6’1, 240-pounder appeared in nine games, mostly on special teams, and made only one tackle, which went for loss late in the win against Iowa State.
By the end of the spring, Fowler had failed to make a significant dent on the two-deep depth chart amid questions about whether his best fit is in the middle or outside at a hybrid rush end position more similar to what the Austin-area product played in high school.
Now Fowler will apparently become the second key signee from the 2016 recruiting class to depart, joining talented defensive lineman Jordan Elliott.