The Hoggs are potentially still looking for at least one more offensive lineman in the transfer portal as spring practice kicks off on Thursday, and they recently offered Portal entry in former Houston offensive lineman Cameron Johnson.
Johnson, who stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 305 pounds, spent four seasons with the Cougars, redshirting his first year and appearing in 24 total games in his career. He was a first team All-American Athletic Conference selection last season.
The Houston, Texas native entered the transfer portal on Wednesday and immediately took offers from Arkansas, South Carolina, West Virginia, California and Maryland.
Johnson is an interior offensive lineman, a position Pittman has said needs more depth in the 2023 season.
“I want to see another guy who can snap the ball offensively,” Pittman said at the start of the early signing period in December. “We’ll probably have to find another one. In losing guys last year, a bunch of those guys could break out. Obviously Rickey played center, but Jones could snap. And so, we’re going to have to continue to look at that offense. .
According to Pro Football Focus, last season, Johnson played a total of 905 snaps and ranked No. 197 among guards with a total offensive grade of 65.2, a pass block grade of 79.4 and a block grade of 63.3. According to his Houston profile, he allowed just one sack in 556 chances.
The Hogs already have one offensive lineman in Florida in this year’s transfer class, Joshua Braun, who is on campus and with the team for spring practice.