Texas Longhorns redshirt sophomore quarterback Charles Wright entered the NCAA transfer portal on Friday, he announced via Twitter.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” pic.twitter.com/QcxCvpvYSI— Charles Wright (@Charleswright_1) January 6, 2024
“I dreamed of playing for the Longhorns my entire life,” Wright wrote. “Getting the opportunity to do so while earning my degree was an absolute dream... It’s certainly hard to leave a place that has meant so much to me my entire life but I have to take a chance on myself now.”
Wright graduated in December and has now seasons of eligibility remaining.
The story of Wright’s recruitment in the 2021 recruiting class is tied to that of current starter Quinn Ewers — after Ewers committed to the Longhorns in 2020, Jalen Milroe decommitted from Texas and pledged to Alabama three days later, leaving former head coach Tom Herman looking for a quarterback in the 2021 class. Within days of Milroe flipping to the Crimson Tide, Herman offered Wright, who quickly flipped from the Cyclones.
Out of Austin High, Wright signed with Texas four months later and finished the cycle as a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 893 player nationally and the No. 60 quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The 6’1, 203-pounder served as the third-string quarterback while redshirting during his first season on the Forty Acres, then came close to starting against UTSA in 2022 after Ewers went down with a shoulder injury in the Alabama game and backup Hudson Card sustained an ankle injury when he replaced Ewers. Card was able to play through the pain and Wright had to settle for appearances against Louisiana-Monroe, UTSA, and Oklahoma without throwing a pass. In 2023, Wright did not appear as the fourth-string quarterback.
In October, however, right tackle Christian Jones paid Wright the high compliment of naming him one of the toughest players on the team.
#Texas offensive lineman @Christo24AHFC was asked by @kbohls who are the two toughest #Longhorns on the team. His first answer may surprise but inspire you.— Tyler Feldman (@TylerFeldmanTV) October 30, 2023
"If we had a whole team of @CharlesWright_1's, we'd be undefeated."#HookEm | @KVUE pic.twitter.com/PJ2AJF3UTj
Since Ewers is expected to return for his third season at Texas, the Longhorns will enter the 2024 season with three scholarship quarterbacks, including rising redshirt freshman Arch Manning and 2024 signee Trey Owens.