Texas receiver Ryan Newsome announced on Sunday he was transferring but did not say where he was headed with only a few weeks left before preseason practice begins.
“My time here has been short lived, but I will never forget the friends and the relationships that I’ve built here that will last a lifetime,” Newsome wrote in a Twitter post. “Thank you to Coach (Charlie) Strong and the rest of the staff for giving me an opportunity to play ball at a special place like this. I don’t take that for granted.”
Newsome played in only seven games last season. His best outing was against Kansas, when Newsome caught three passes for 21 yards. The freshman made only four catches all season. Newsome also averaged 18.3 yards on six kickoff returns.
Newsome was a four-star recruit from Aledo and chose UT over UCLA. He ranked 23rd on the 2015 American-Statesman’s Fab 55 recruiting list. The 5-foot-8 receiver was projected as a slot receiver but never really saw any extended action.
Newsome’s decision actually helps the Longhorns’ overall scholarship numbers. After taking in four Baylor signees earlier this summer, the Longhorns were thought to be at their 85-scholarship maximum, possibly one or two over. However, school officials were not worried at the time.
There is plenty of depth at receiver, though. John Burt and Armanti Foreman return. Freshman Collin Johnson, an athletic 6-foot-6 target, raised eyebrows during spring practice. There are high hopes for incoming freshmen Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Reggie Hemphill-Mapps and Devin Duvernay.
— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) July 18, 2016