Three months after entering the NCAA transfer portal, Texas Longhorns freshman offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd has found his new home at Butler CC in Kansas, according to a report from Inside Texas.
There was speculation that Shepherd would end up at Texas A&M, which recruited him heavily before he signed with Texas last February, including two 247Sports Crystal Ball transfer predictions, but it’s possible that the Aggies simply didn’t have room for Shepherd with the program taking junior college running back Earnest Crownover on Saturday and remaining in pursuit of consensus No. 1 running back Zach Evans.
And so instead, it appears that Shepherd will land at the same junior college program that produced fellow 2019 Texas signees Jacoby Jones and Juwan Mitchell. Butler CC is one of the premier junior college programs in the country, having won six national championships.
A consensus four-star prospect out of Houston North Forest in the 2019 recruiting class, Shepherd made one appearance in his Texas career — in the season opener against Louisiana Tech, but opted to enter the transfer portal in late October. Less than 10 days earlier, he was involved in one of the pre-game altercations between players from the Longhorns and Sooners in the Cotton Bowl.
His recruitment was hardly without drama, too, as he opted not to sign during the early period in order to take official visits to Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M. Before those visits, he was temporarily kicked off his high school football team during his senior season, reportedly a result of behavioral issues.
Now it seems that he’ll have to work his way back to the FBS level.