Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz is down a defender ahead of spring football.

On Thursday, it was reported that cornerback Christian Holmes had entered the NCAA Transfer Portal, and on Friday, Holmes made it official that he would graduate this spring and transfer to another school to finish his career.

Holmes announced the news via social media.

“Over the past 2 weeks I have spent many days and nights reflecting on how grateful I am for the state and the University of Missouri, but also what the future holds for me and my family,” Holmes wrote. “I have come to the conclusion that it is in my best interest to graduate this spring and transfer to play out my final year of eligibility.”

Over the last two seasons at Mizzou, Holmes started 12 games. The Atlanta-area native played in 12 games in 2019, making 29 tackles, including 2.5 for loss, with four pass breakups. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound corner is a former 3-star prospect and ranked as the nation’s No. 114 cornerback and the state of Georgia’s No. 114 overall prospect in the class of 2016, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Tennessee and Florida were Holmes’ two best games in 2019, as he recorded five tackles in each game. 2018 was Holmes’ best year at Missouri, however, as he made 36 tackles and two INTs.