Texas Longhorns junior offensive lineman JP Urquidez plans to continue his football career elsewhere after receiving recognition on Friday’s Senior Day and entering the NCAA Transfer Portal on Monday with the intentions of becoming a graduate transfer, according to reports from the SEC Network and Inside Texas.
Urquidez confirmed the news via Twitter and committed to remaining with the Longhorns through the bowl game.
Originally a Baylor signee out of Copperas Cove in the 2016 recruiting class, Urquidez was released from his National Letter of Intent following the scandal that engulfed the Bears football program and landed in Austin. He was a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 236 player nationally and the No. 22 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Urquidez redshirted during his first season on the Forty Acres, then struggled to break into the rotation, serving in a reserve role in two games during the 2017 season, failing to see the field in the 2018 season, and then serving primarily as a special teams contributor while appearing in 10 games during the 2019 season. He was listed on the depth chart as the third-string right guard and third-string right tackle.
Now Urquidez will try to find a new landing spot for his final season of eligibility.
Junior kicker Chris Naggar also reportedly entered the Transfer Portal after he received recognition on Senior Day, too, along with freshman walk-on quarterback Sam Saxton, who had 15 offers out of high school, including Memphis, New Mexico, New Mexico State, and Southern Miss, among others.