When it was reported earlier this month that Duke Catalon would be transferring from Texas, the speculation centered on the running back remaining in the same state, albeit in a different conference. As it turns out, the speculators nailed it.
Multiple media outlets (HERE, HERE, HERE) reported that Catalon has decided to transfer to Houston to continue his collegiate experience. Subsequent to those reports, UH confirmed in a press release that Catalon had officially joined the Cougars football program.
The running back will have to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, and will then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
A four-star member of UT’s 2014 recruiting class, Catalon was rated as the No. 19 running back in the country; the No. 25 player at any position in the state of Texas; and the No. 193 player overall according to Rivals.com. He took a redshirt as a true freshman last season, and was headed for little or no playing time this season, which triggered his move from the Longhorns.
Catalon’s finding of a new home comes on the same day that USF officially confirmed that Cecil Cherry, a four-star 2015 signee, had joined its football program, one week after he abruptly left UT and one day after he was rumored to be headed to the Bulls.