An experienced veteran will not returns in the Texas Longhorns secondary in 2024 with senior safety Jerrin Thompson entering the NCAA transfer portal on Friday, according to multiple reports.
Texas veteran defensive back Jerrin Thompson has entered the transfer portal, @chris_hummer and I have learned for @247sports.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) January 5, 2024
Has posted career totals of 176 tackles and five interceptions.https://t.co/6Cw7NKmknb pic.twitter.com/4z56lxogu9
The four-year safety from Lufkin appeared in 49 games for the Longhorns, starting in 31 games. Thompson arrived to Austin in 2020 as a consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 183 player nationally and the No. 14 safety, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6’0, 191-pounder played as a freshman, sticking around despite the coaching changes and proving to be an essential leader and component of Pete Kwiatkowski’s secondary.
A two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 in 2022 and 2023, Thompson finished with a career-high three interceptions this season with a pick-six against Wyoming and the other two interceptions leading to touchdown drives.
His interception off of Jalen Milroe in the fourth quarter against Alabama may be the biggest moment of his Texas career with Texas scoring on the next play and taking a two-score lead over the No. 3 Crimson Tide.
Thompson finished the season with 38 tackles, a half tackle for loss, and seven passes broken up and 176 tackles, five interceptions, four tackles for loss, and 18 passes broken up in his career.
The Texas secondary will look quite a bit different next year with Thompson departing into the portal along with Kitan Crawford, Jahdae Barron likely turning pro, and Ryan Watts facing a decision about his future. The Longhorns also saw several defensive backs transfer out of the program in the current window, including Jalen Catalon, Larry Turner-Gooden, BJ Allen, and X’Avion Brice.