Manor linebacker Erick Fowler dabs just after committing to the 2016 recruiting class of the University of Texas. Photo by Rick Cantu

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Star freshman Erick Fowler is cleared to join Texas football team

Posted June 15th, 2016

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Erick Fowler, a star outside linebacker in Texas’ freshman class, says he has overcome an academic  hurdle and is now able to join the Longhorns.

Fowler told the American-Statesman that Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford called Wednesday informing him that the score he achieved from the SAT he took in May will qualify for NCAA admission. Fowler, of nearby Manor, had previously been in limbo and did not report to campus with the rest of his class earlier this month.

Fowler said he’ll be at UT on Thursday to finalize his transcripts.

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“I’m anxious to get on campus and start working out and do what I do best,” Fowler said. “I’m really excited.”

Last Friday in Houston, Texas coach Charlie Strong told reporters he was optimistic Fowler and three-star Duncanville defensive tackle Marcel Southall would fulfill their academic obligations and soon join the team.

Fowler, who on signing day flipped his commitment to Texas from LSU, is a skilled play-maker who will play the FOX, which is a hybrid of an outside linebacker and a defensive end.

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