Texas wide receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps evades West Virginia cornerback Kenny Robinson in Morgantown, W. Va., on Nov. 18, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Reggie Hemphill-Mapps chooses to depart Texas after a strong debut season

Posted February 7th, 2018

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On a day it welcomed eight players to its program, Texas can also erase a name off its roster.

With a tweet, receiver Reggie Hemphill-Mapps announced on Wednesday that he is leaving the Longhorns. Hemphill-Mapps was a redshirt freshman during the 2017 season. Reports began circulating last month that he would transfer.

At his signing day press conference on Wednesday, Texas coach Tom Herman described Hemphill-Mapps’ departure as “disappointing.”

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“We wish Reggie the best, hope he finds what he’s looking for out there,” Herman said. “But next man up.”

Once a three-star recruit out of Manvel High, Hemphill-Mapps redshirted in 2016 but began impressing Tom Herman’s coaching staff during this past spring’s practices. Hemphill had seven receptions in his first game, and his 91-yard punt return in that 51-41 loss to Maryland is the third-longest in school history. He also produced a 12-catch performance against Kansas State.

Hemphill-Mapps ended the season with 37 catches, which was exceeded among the Longhorns by only Collin Johnson. Hemphill-Mapps averaged 10.9 yards per catch. He, however, did not record a receiving touchdown and was held without a reception in games against Baylor and Kansas.

Without Hemphill-Mapps, Texas will still retain three receivers who caught at least 20 footballs in 2017. Texas signed receivers Al’Vonte Woodard or Brennan Eagles in December, and Yoakum’s Joshua Moore became a Longhorn on Wednesday. Additionally, Jordan Pouncey was a three-star recruit who redshirted this past season.

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