Take another scholarship off the books for the 2017 Texas Longhorns football team, as senior offensive lineman Brandon Hodges announced on Tuesday that he will depart the program and finish his final season of eligibility elsewhere.
The 6’5, 310-pounder sat out for most of the spring due to academic difficulties, but apparently recovered enough in the classroom that he was able to graduate and retain his final season of eligibility.
However, as a result of missing that time, Hodges fell behind senior Tristan Nickelson and sophomore Denzel Okafor at the right tackle position, where Hodges started nine games in 2016.
A product of East Mississippi Community College, Hodges is a Mississippi native who failed to quality out of high school, but eventually became a consensus three-star prospect, ranking as the No. 37 junior college player overall and the No. 7 junior college offensive tackle in the 2015 recruiting class.