Texas CB A.J. White says he will transfer

Texas junior cornerback A.J. White has announced he plans to transfer at the end of the semester.

White received his unconditional release after playing two seasons in Austin. The DeSoto, Texas, native played in 17 games for the Longhorns, and he recorded six tackles in 11 games last season.

"I decided to transfer because I felt like I needed to get a new start," White said in a statement. "I want to give thanks to Coach [Duane] Akina and Coach [Mack] Brown for everything they've done for me here.

“Texas is a great school and a great program, and I appreciate everyone in the program and the time I've had here, but I just felt like I needed a change and a fresh start."

The 6-foot, 180-pound corner came into the program with considerable hype as a prep All-American and Under Armour All-American, but he never earned more than a reserve role. He appeared in six games as a true freshman.

"While we hate to see anyone leave, we understand A.J.'s decision and will support him in any way we can," Brown said in a statement. "We appreciate what he's done for the program and wish him luck in the future."

Earlier this spring, defensive back Eryon Bennett and tight end Darius Terrell also elected to transfer.

Without White and Bennett, Texas has little returning experience at its backup cornerback spots and will have to rely on true freshman Duke Thomas and sophomores Josh Turner and Leroy Scott to provide depth behind starters Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom.