For depth purposes, it appears fortuitous Texas moved a quarterback to wide receiver recently.
Two days later, 247Sports.com is reporting that the receiver has been granted a release from his scholarship and will transfer. As part of the release, McNeal will be barred from transferring to another Big 12 program as well as 2016 opponents Notre Dame, UTEP and Cal.
Texas A&M and UCLA were finalists for McNeal last year, and will get consideration again this time around. He will have to sit out the 2016 season if he moves on to another FBS program.
McNeal was a four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 44 player at any position in the state of Texas. Instead of contributing immediately as a true freshman as he intimated to the media, McNeal played sparingly in 2015.
In limited action — he played more on special teams than offense — McNeal didn’t catch a pass. His only statistical contributions were a nine-yard run and a special teams tackle.