AUSTIN — Per Friday reports from both 247Sports and Football Brainiacs, redshirt freshman Reggie Hemphill-Mapps is seeking a transfer from the Texas.
School official did not disclose details of a possible transfer request to Horns247, but sources with knowledge of the situation said close to the end of the regular season he expressed behind the scenes exploring a transfer might be an option.
The 6-foot-1 Hemphill-Mapps was a star wideout at Manvel High School In 2015, gaining 557 yards and scoring five touchdowns during his senior year en route to a three-star rating by 247Sports, ESPN 300, and Yahoo Rivals.
Texas currently has 13 non-senior receivers on its roster, two set to land in Austin after the early signing period, and one more athlete expected to sign on Feb. 7. That includes Alief Taylor’s Brennen Eagles (signed), Houston Lamar’s Al’Vonte Woodard (signed) and Dunham School’s (Baton Rouge, LA) Michael Williams (committed).
Eagles and Woodard are four-star recruits and Williams holds a three-star rating.
If Hemphill-Mapps were to leave he would leave a void at slot receiver in Tom Herman’s spread offense. Armanti Foreman will graduate in the spring, and Devan Duvernay — who also plays in the slot — is also surrounded by transfer rumors.
A transfer could leave inside-outside receivers Jerrod Heard and Lil’Jordan Humphrey, assuming Herman doesn’t replace him with a 2018 Class signee like Eagles or Woodard, as the best options entering spring practice.
No possible transfer options for Hemphill-Mapps were reported at the time of the reports’ publishing. The Longhorns spring practices are scheduled to begin in March.
Marcus Matthews-Marion is the managing editor of TexasHSFootball, covering prep football throughout the Lone Star State and collegiate and professional football throughout the country. Follow him on Twitter, @TheMJMatthews, and read more of his content here.
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