Texas DL Zac Swanson enters the transfer portal

Texas loses its first DL to the portal this spring.
Zac Swanson
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On3 reported on April 20 that Texas football sophomore defensive tackle Zac Swanson has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Swanson will have three years of eligibility remaining after spending two seasons at Texas.

Third-year Texas football DL Zac Swanson enters the transfer portal

The 6-foot-4 and 282-pound Swanson appeared in three games over the last two seasons at Texas, including one game last fall. He played one defensive snap in Texas's season-opening win in 2023 at DKR over the Rice Owls.

Swanson also logged 17 defensive snaps over two games, against the ULM Warhawks and UTSA Roadrunners, as a true freshman in 2022. In those two games, Swanson registered one tackle and one quarterback pressure.

The former four-star recruit from Phoenix (AZ) Brophy College Prep was part of a Longhorns 2022 signing class that ranked top five nationally in the 247Sports Composite. Swanson ranked as the No. 374 prospect nationally in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite, No. 48 defensive lineman, and No. 6 from Arizona.

Roster attrition continues for Texas amid the week of the spring game

Since the 45-day spring portal window opened for underclassmen on April 16, the Longhorns have lost four players to transfer. Swanson joins redshirt sophomore edge rusher J'Mond Tapp, redshirt freshman edge rusher Billy Walton, and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Payton Kirkland among the four Longhorns players who have entered the portal in the last few days.

Texas is now down below the 85-player scholarship limit after experiencing the aforementioned roster attrition after the portal window opened earlier this week.

Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff have targeted multiple transfer defensive tackles to fill a big positional need early in the spring portal window. Two transfer defensive tackles, UCLA Bruins senior Jay Toia and Arizona Wildcats senior Bill Norton, are currently visiting Texas for the spring game this weekend.

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