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Notre Dame defensive end Ovie Oghoufo coming to Texas as graduate transfer

Nov 30, 2019; Stanford, CA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Ovie Oghoufo (29) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Texas defensive coaches bolstered their room with the addition of Notre Dame transfer Ovie Oghoufo, who announced Tuesday he was leaving the Irish for the Longhorns as a grad transfer.

Oghoufo put his name into the transfer portal shortly after Notre Dame’s season ended. His decision to leave was considered a surprise in South Bend, Ind.

Oghoufo had 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season as a defensive end that dropped back into pass coverage. 

“I want to thank Notre Dame and the entire coaching staff for a wonderful opportunity,” Oghoufo posted on Twitter. “To my teammates, I will never forget the bond and brotherhood created over my three years.

“After much thought and consideration, I’ve decided to commit to the University of Texas as a graduate transfer,” he continued. “I’m excited to get to work… #HookEm.”

As a grad transfer, Oghoufo will be able to play immediately. He would have at least two years of eligibility remaining. 

Listed at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Oghoufo did not play during the 2018 season and logged nine games in 2019. He is originally from Lathrup Village, Mich.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com or @BDavisAAS.