A third member of the Texas Longhorns intends to leave the program during the 2019 season, as the school confirmed a Thursday report from Horns247 that redshirt sophomore wide receiver Jordan Pouncey has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Prior to Pouncey, junior college transfer Caleb Johnson transferred to UCLA and freshman offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd also left the team.
Pouncey’s decision hardly happened in a vacuum, either, as Pouncey’s younger brother, Ethan, announced his decommitment from the Longhorns on Thursday.
He was originally a late addition to the 2017 recruiting class after head coach Tom Herman arrived in Austin in a whirlwind recruitment — Texas offered Pouncey just before Christmas, hosted him for an official visit in late January, then landed his commitment and signature on National Signing Day.
Pouncey also took official visits to Miami, Notre Dame, and Tennessee and had close to 50 total offers, so he was a prospect in high demand at the end of the cycle, even though he wasn’t ranked among the nation’s top 700 prospects.
After arriving at Texas, Pouncey redshirted and then struggled to make an impact on the depth chart — he mostly played on special teams after he was passed on the depth chart by Joshua Moore last season prior to Moore’s season-ending shoulder injury. Then, with Moore suspended this year, Pouncey remained the third-string slot receiver because of the quick ascension of freshman Jake Smith.
As a result, Pouncey’s Texas career will end with just two receptions for 19 yards, one each in blowout victories over Louisiana Tech and Rice.