McNeal to transfer from Texas following suspension

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Sophomore receiver DeAndre McNeal’s time as a Longhorn is over.

The 6-foot-2 receiver from Poteet High School in Mesquite was granted a release from his scholarship on Friday, according to 247Sports. He is allowed to transfer to any team not on the Longhorns’ schedule this year.

McNeal’s decision to transfer comes on the heels of his suspension for violating team rules on Aug. 3, another setback in a career full of them at Texas. He made waves before the 2015 season, telling the media that head coach Charlie Strong guaranteed him the first touch of the season prior to the Longhorns’ matchup with Notre Dame.

But McNeal couldn’t match his off-field bravado with performance on the gridiron. He provided Texas with little more than special teams depth, receiving the ball just once for nine yards.

With Austin in his rearview mirror, McNeal is reportedly looking to join Texas A&M or UCLA, telling the Austin-American Statesman he is interested in “any program willing to invest in me.”

McNeal still has his redshirt available, and he told the Statesman he hopes to find a new home soon.

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