Former Oklahoma State wide receiver Kevin Johnson has transferred to Lamar University, according to a text message Lamar coach Ray Woodard sent out to local media in Beaumont, Texas, on Friday.
The Beaumont Enterprise first reported the text message.
Oklahoma State spokesman Gavin Lang confirmed Friday that Johnson had been granted a release from his scholarship at OSU.
Johnson, who will be a redshirt sophomore in 2012, had no career catches at OSU but was listed as a backup at outside receiver on the spring depth chart. He had three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' spring finale last month.
Beaumont is about 85 miles east of Houston, where Johnson played high school football at Cypress Ridge. Lamar is a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) school, meaning he will be able to play immediately.
Johnson is the second Cowboy receiver who was once projected to be on the 2012 roster to leave the program. Michael Harrison decided to stop playing football just before spring practice began.
OSU has also lost Justin Blackmon, Josh Cooper, Colton Chelf and Hubert Anyiam from its 2011 receiving corps. Blackmon left OSU early for the NFL Draft, and Cooper, Chelf and Anyiam were seniors in 2011.
The top receivers returning for the Cowboys in 2012 are seniors Tracy Moore (45 catches, 672 yards, four touchdowns in 2011) and Isaiah Anderson (28 catches, 315 yards, four touchdowns in 2011) and sophomore Josh Stewart (19 catches, 291 yards, two touchdowns in 2011). OSU also signed six wide receivers in its 2012 recruiting class.
Johnson joins reserve defensive tackle Diamonte Wheeler as players who have asked for and been granted their release from OSU since spring practice ended.