Texas football OT Isaiah Hookin could soon medically retire

Isaiah Hookfin, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Isaiah Hookfin, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports /

Bad news surfaced for the Texas football program and junior offensive tackle Isaiah Hookfin this week. Multiple sources reported in the last 24 hours or so (including Joe Cook of Inside Texas) that Hookfin would be receiving a medical scholarship for this fall after suffering multiple tragic injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident late last year.

Hookfin missed the entirety of spring camp and it originally looked like his injuries were going to keep him out for quite a while.

And that definitely looks to be the case now as the process is now apparently taking place for Hookfin to medically retire from football altogether. A report from 247Sports (paid content) on May 12 indicates that this process is already underway for Hookfin to medically retire.

Texas football OT Isaiah Hookfin reportedly set to medically retire

Hornsports brought up in a tweet on May 11 that the Longhorns will now be left without a single offensive lineman from the 2019 recruiting class. And that leaves five scholarship players for the Longhorns remaining on the roster in total from the 2019 class at this point of the offseason.

This will also leave second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood, and the Longhorns with an even more noticeable depth shortage with this position group. Texas was already short on depth on the offensive line this offseason prior to this Hookfin news.

The need for Flood and the Longhorns to potentially hit the portal to add more offensive line depth likely just heightened ahead of the start of summer workouts.

Moreover, this is tragic news for Hookfin who suffered through the aforementioned motorcycle accident late in 2021. He was originally a four-star offensive tackle recruit hailing out of Dulles High School in Sugar Land, TX. Hookfin committed to former Texas offensive line coach Herb Hand and the Longhorns as part of the 2019 class.

Over the course of his three years with the Longhorns program, Hookfin got nearly three-dozen offensive snaps. He saw reps in one game in the 2020 season and in two games last fall.

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Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing bowl season for the first time since 2016. Sark and the Longhorns are set to open up the 2022 regular season slate at home on Sep. 3 against Louisiana-Monroe.