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Texas WR Casey Cain to enter the NCAA transfer portal

The Louisiana product has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

NCAA Football: Alamo Bowl-Texas at Washington Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Longhorns redshirt sophomore wide receiver Casey Cain intends to enter the NCAA transfer portal, according to a report from On3 and confirmed by Orangebloods.

The 6’3, 197-pounder was a consensus three-star prospect in the 2021 recruiting class ranked as the No. 836 player nationally and the No. 123 wide receiver, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Out of Warren Easton in New Orleans, Cain held 13 total offers, including Houston, Louisiana, Memphis, Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Virginia, among others, choosing Texas in May 2020, a cycle in which the Longhorns missed on the program’s top targets at the position in the transition class from Tom Herman to Steve Sarkisian. Herman signed two other wide receivers in the 2021 class — Keithron Lee, who was suspended by Sarkisian after an arrest for assault of a family member, and Jaden Alexis, who transferred to South Florida.

Cain redshirted his first season before factoring into the wide receiver rotation in 2022, appearing in 13 games with three starts and playing 245 snaps, but ranking 14th out of 16 receivers for the Longhorns in PFF’s passing grade while recording eight catches for 201 yards. After recording one catch for 14 yards in the Big 12 opener against Texas Tech, Cain didn’t catch a pass for eight straight games until flashing with four receptions for 108 yards in the Alamo Bowl against Washington.

With the addition to AD Mitchell from the transfer portal, Cain was the co-backup to Mitchell with Isaiah Neyor, seeing his playing time decrease to 56 snaps in seven games with one reception for 13 yards in the blowout win over Texas Tech to close the regular season.

Cain is the fifth Texas player to enter the portal since the transfer window opened on Monday, joining redshirt junior offensive lineman Sawyer Goram-Welch, redshirt freshman cornerback X’Avion Brice, redshirt freshman safety BJ Allen, and senior safety Jalen Catalon.