News around the Texas Longhorns and the transfer portal has been heating up over the past week. Could we see some results over the weekend?
The buzz around Gary Patterson is getting louder day in and day out. This move would be massive for the Longhorns defensive staff. Patterson is expected to join Sarkisian’s staff by the end of the weekend as the “Special Assistant to the Head Coach”. Adding Patterson would help out year 2 defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski with figuring out these Big 12 offenses.
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Drew Sanders is a guy Sark and staff have prioritized in the portal. Sanders played LB/Edge in his short stint at Alabama and was injured for a period during the 2021 season. Sark being able to add an elite, long, and athletic edge to this defense is just what the doctor ordered. Sanders is expected to make a decision soon and I expect him to announce before the end of the weekend. I expect Texas to be the pick when the former 5-star announces his decision.
Jahleel Billingsley was a guy I was a bit hesitant on at first, but as I expected Sarkisian is pursuing the TE heavily. Billingsley is a guy that could make this high-powered offense even more potent. He’s a guy that excels catching balls down the field and is a matchup nightmare for opposing linebackers. I expect Billingsley to shut it down fairly soon as well. When Billingsley announces, look for the Longhorns to be the pick for the former 4-star TE.
Ochaun Mathis. What more do I have to say? If you’ve watched the Texas vs TCU games the past couple years, you’ll understand. The 2 time All-Big 12 defensive end has been living in opposing team’s backfields for years. With Gary Patterson expected to join the staff soon I expect Mathis to follow. However, I don’t expect an announcement to come anytime soon.
Mathis announced on Twitter, “Hey guys I want to say that I’m taking this process slow! I’ll call you guys when I get the chance. If I have your number I’ll get with you. Thank you in advance!”. Mathis is also finishing is planning to graduate from TCU in May meaning he doesn’t need to make a decision for a few months.
This has been an exciting off-season for Longhorn fans. However, Texas has had exciting off-seasons before. Now it’s time to see results. Can Sarkisian turn all this momentum into wins? Only time will tell. I truly believe Sark is the guy to right the ship in Austin. Anything less than 8 wins in 2022 will be a big disappointment.
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