Texas Football: DL/EDGE Kristopher Ross leaves the Longhorns

Kristopher Ross, Texas football
Kristopher Ross, Texas football /

Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas reported on Oct. 23 that redshirt freshman defensive lineman/edge rusher Kristopher Ross is no longer with the Texas football team. The second-year DL/EDGE from Houston (TX) North Shore High School was reported by a team spokesman to no longer be with the program.

After getting just five defensive snaps during his true freshman campaign, Ross was a bigger contributor to the Texas defense early this fall. He took 50 defensive snaps over three games early this season, resulting in one combined tackle and two quarterback pressures. Ross registered both quarterback pressures in Texas’ season-opening win over the Rice Owls at home on Sep. 2.

Ross hasn’t played any live-game snaps for the Longhorns since suffering a reported elbow injury in the Week 3 win at home over the Wyoming Cowboys.

In the last two seasons at Texas, Ross registered three combined tackles, one defensive stop, and two QB pressures.

Texas football DL/EDGE Kristopher Ross reportedly leaves the team

This IT report noted Ross has not officially entered the NCAA Transfer Portal.

"Ross was not in the transfer portal at the time of publication, per an Inside Texas source. Players are able to enter the portal at any time, but any non-graduate transfer who enters outside the window is not afforded the same immediate eligibility upon finding their new destination as players who enter the portal during the window."

Ross was one of Texas’ highest-rated DL recruits in the 2022 signing class

The 6-foot-2 and 255-pound former blue-chip recruit from Houston, TX, was Texas’ highest-rated defensive line prospect in the Longhorns 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite and On3 Industry Ranking. He was a top 35 defensive line recruit in the nation in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite and the No. 62 prospect overall/No. 8 defensive lineman in the On3 Industry Ranking.

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