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Texas sophomore WR DeAndre McNeal to transfer

A Texas Longhorns helmet on the sideline prior to the game between the Texas Longhorns and the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV. West Virginia defeated Texas 38.20. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
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Texas wide receiver DeAndre McNeal, who was suspended for a violation of team rules before preseason practice started, told the Austin American-Statesman Friday that he plans to transfer. Horns247 was first to report on McNeal’s transfer.

If he follows through with that plan, he’ll be the second Longhorns receiver to transfer. Nearly a month ago, sophomore Ryan Newsome announced he was transferring from UT.

McNeal said he was open to “any program willing to invest in me.” He selected Texas over his three finalists, Texas A&M and UCLA. Texas granted McNeal’s scholarship release but is restricting him from transferring to any school in the Big 12 along with Notre Dame, UTEP or Cal.

A 6-foot-2,225-pounder, McNeal had no receptions last season and saw action in just one game. He played high school football at Mesquite Poteet along with Longhorns sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson.

“I don’t have a lot of time to be going left and right, right and left, up and down,” he said. “I have to hurry up and make a decision before school starts.

“I met multiple wonderful people at the University of Texas and the city of Austin,” he said. “I think nothing but highly for the people there. That whole school and the city has my blessing 100 percent.”

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