And the answer is, “won’t he”. As in, Fowler will not be suiting up for the Burnt Orange this Fall. After a week of limbo, the University of Texas announced that Erick Fowler has officially been granted his release from the university.
This was a somewhat strange story in the way that it unfolded. Horns Digest reported early last week that Fowler was leaving Texas, but UT officials stated that he was still with the program. Unfortunately for Texas, Fowler has indeed decided to transfer.
While Fowler was most likely not going to be a starter this year, he did add some crucial depth to the LB position. As a true freshman, he saw action in nine games and was on pace to be a heavy contributor, if not a starter, by the time his eligibility is up.
He was a guy the previous coaching staff put a lot of effort into. First, by getting him to flip from LSU. Then, getting him eligible to play due to some academic issues. Fowler, a member of the 2016 class, came to Texas as a highly-touted 4-star recruit. Heavily recruited by LSU, he flipped his commitment on signing day in a surprise move.
Player attrition is to be expected during the offseason. And, with a coaching change there is usually an uptick of players leaving. However, the loss of Fowler is a blow. Texas’ defense is already hurting with losing both Marcell Southall and Jordan Elliot, both defensive tackles. Fowler marks the fourth player from Strong’s famed 2016 class to leave the University of Texas early.
We wish Fowler well on the rest of his career.