Texas Longhorns eyeing Oregon DL transfer?

AUSTIN – The Texas Longhorns aren’t done in the NCAA Transfer Portal yet.

According to reports from On3’s Pete Nakos, the Longhorns could be eyeing Oregon defensive line transfer Johnny Bowens, who chose the Ducks over Texas and Texas A&M coming out of high school as part of the 2023 class.

The news comes just days after the Horns were missing TCU transfer defensive tackle Damonic Williams, who committed to the Oklahoma Sooners last week.

“Texas is now looking for a new defensive tackle,” Nakos wrote. Sources tell On3’s Steve Wiltfong that the school to keep an eye on for Johnny Bowens is Texas. The former four-star recruit has four years of eligibility remaining. He was a top-300 prospect in the class of 2023, tallying two tackles and playing in three games as a true freshman.”

Suffice it to say, the interior defensive line appears to be a major focus for the Horns in the transfer portal this season. Just two weeks ago, former Arizona defensive tackle Bill Norton became the second of two Wildcats joining Tiaoalii Savea to commit to the program this offseason.

Now the school is apparently on the hunt for Bowens, who could have four years of eligibility remaining after playing just three games with the Ducks last season.

Coming out of Converse (TX), Bowens was a consensus four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 206 player nationally, the No. 23 defensive lineman and No. 36 player in Texas by the On3 Industry Ranking.

Bowens is the No. 392 player in the portal and the No. 35 defensive lineman, according to On3.