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Texas grants LB Erick Fowler a release from the program

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The former top-100 prospect is now officially an ex-Longhorn.

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Eight days after news emerged that Texas Longhorns sophomore linebacker Erick Fowler had left the program, the school officially confirmed on Thursday that Fowler has received his release to transfer.

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 only nine games, mostly on special teams, and made 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 becomes the second key signee from the 2016 recruiting class to depart, joining talented defensive lineman Jordan Elliott, who transferred to Missouri.