A big day for former Texas football players out of the NCAA Transfer Portal on the afternoon of May 3 saw two new homes found. Texas Exes had a lot of movement this week away from the program, both in the transfer portal and the 2021 NFL Draft. Multiple Texas Exes found new homes in some form or fashion in the last few days.
And on May 3, the two former Longhorns that found their next homes were junior linebacker and former JUCO transfer Juwan Mitchell and redshirt sophomore tight end/wide receiver Malcolm Epps. Mitchell took his talents to Knoxville and joined the Tennessee Volunteers in the SEC East this week.
This was the second time that Mitchell put his name in the transfer portal over the course of the last two years, but this time he didn’t come back to the Forty Acres.
But this was the first time in the college career of Epps thus far that he put his name in the transfer portal. And it didn’t take all that long for Epps to find his next home out of the portal this week. He was one of multiple former Longhorns that were high-profile names in the portal that landed with head coach Clay Helton and the USC Trojans in the PAC-12.
Former Texas football TE/WR Malcolm Epps another USC transfer
Epps announced his intentions to transfer to USC on his Twitter timeline on May 3.
This is actually the third former Longhorn that landed with the Trojans out of the transfer portal this offseason. The other two included junior running back Keaontay Ingram and freshman safety Xavion Alford. There’s surely a lot of talent funneling from the Forty Acres to join some former Texas coaches like Craig Naivar and Todd Orlando.
Epps is also another impact transfer landing with the USC program. He has a decent amount of game action under his belt to take to USC now. In 15 games played over the course of three years with Texas, the 6-foot-6 and 245 pound Epps registered 24 catches for 294 receiving yards (12.2 yards per catch), good for four touchdown catches.
Most Texas Exes that put their name in the transfer portal this offseason have now found their next landing spot. USC and the PAC-12 in general have become a common landing spot for former Longhorns out of the portal up to this point.
Texas finished up last season with a record of 7-3 (5-3 Big 12) under the direction of former head coach Tom Herman. And back on Jan. 2, the Longhorns replaced Herman with the former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as the next head coach.