If you’re a fan of the Longhorns (like myself) the transfer portal is what you should paying attention to. There are some big time players in the portal currently that could help turn around the Texas program quickly. Texas Longhorns transfer portal players will be key in building this program back up.
Several of those players just entered the portal from north of the red river. I’m going to run through some of these players and give my opinion on why Texas should take a shot on some of these players.
Spencer Rattler – QB Oklahoma
I know what you’re thinking. Why in the world would Texas want this guy, but we need a stud QB badly. If Rattler has any interest, Texas should use every resource available to get him on the 40 acres. What better way to entice Arch Manning to Austin then making Rattler a Heisman candidate in the burnt orange.
Austin Stogner – TE Oklahoma
This list won’t only be OU players, but there will be a couple more later on. Texas hasn’t had a game changing TE in ages. However, Stogner is a game changing TE. He has already stated that if Texas comes calling he will answer the phone. I’d imagine Sark and Co have already sent out a feeler to Stogner and several other portal players.
Tashawn Manning – OL Auburn
As all of us know offensive line is Texas’ biggest need currently. Adding Manning would boost the Oline in a massive way. Texas should 100% kick the tires on Manning to see if he has any interest.
Jadon Hasselwood & Marvin Mims – WRs Oklahoma
I shouldn’t have to sell you on either of these players. Outside of Xavier Worthy, Texas needs a lot of help in the wide receiver room. These two young men would make Texas’ wide receiver room one of, if not the best wide receiver room in the country. Imagine Texas having three guys who can create separation and beat man coverage every play. That is what it would look like with Worthy, Hasselwood, and Mims on the field together. Make it happen Sark and staff!
Do I think we land all of these players? Absolutely not. However, Texas needs to bring in anyone that wants to come to Texas. We have a lot of holes on this roster that could be filled through the transfer portal. Only time will tell if Sark believes in building through the portal. I believe and hope he does.
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Earlier this week I wrote an article about potential committed recruits Texas could flip to Austin, you can find that here. Now, let’s take a look at recruits who aren’t committed anywhere that Texas has to get onto the Forty Acres. With Steve Sarkisian and staff already missing on Evan Stewart, Texas has to regain momentum on the recruiting trail. With that, grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s run through this Texas recruiting update!
Devon Campbell, Offensive Line, Five-Star
Devon Campbell is exactly what Texas was missing this season. A big, athletic offensive lineman who can push around defenders in the run game. Campbell looks ready for the next level at 6’3” 325 pounds.
Devon Campbell is listed as an interior offensives lineman, but might be able to play tackle if necessary. Campbell is also the highest rated offensive Texas target now that Evan Stewart has committed to Texas A&M.
Kam Dewberry, Offensive Line, Four-Star
Kam Dewberry is another mauler along the offensive line. At 6’4” 325 pounds, I think you can see a pattern for who this Texas staff is going after. They want this offensive line to be big, strong, and athletic.
Kam Dewberry would give Texas all of that immediately. He is also listed as an interior offensive lineman, but I do believe he has the ability to slide to tackle if needed.
Malik Agbo, Offensive Tackle, Four-Star
Another offensive lineman being close to committing to Texas? Yes, if you watched Texas in 2021 offensive line was an issue. Kyle Flood has to bring in as many of “his” guys as possible to revamp this team.
Malik Agbo is a true offensive tackle. Standing at 6’5-1/2” and 320 pounds, Agbo meets all of the desired measurements you could want for an offensive tackle.
Matthew Golden, Wide Receiver, Four-Star
Matthew Golden is our first non-offensive lineman on this list! Golden is a recent de-commitment from TCU as they are currently going through a coaching change.
Opening the door for Andre Coleman and Steve Sarkisian to add the top 300 player. The HighSchool teammate of Texas commit, Jaydon Blue, Golden would be a solid addition to this Texas recruiting class.
Savion Red, Wide Receiver, Three-Star
Savion Red is from Grand Prairie Texas. Red picked up a late offer from Steve Sarkisian and the Texas staff. At 5’10” 210 pounds, the shifty slot receiver should be able to contribute on special teams as well.
Texas has a solid receiver room currently, headlined by Freshman All-American Xavier Worthy, but could use depth. Red would provide nice depth and has the chance to develop into a playmaking slot receiver for the Longhorns.
Harold Perkins, Linebacker, Five-Star
With Harold Perkins narrowing down his top three schools to: Texas A&M, LSU, and Texas, Perkins has a chance to be a huge addition to this Longhorns class.
It looks like Perkins is leaning towards Texas A&M at the moment. Jeff Banks and the rest of the Texas staff must make Perkins the priory as the best remaining Texas target (according to on3.com) after Evan Stewart committed to the Aggies earlier this week.
Kobie McKinzie, Linebacker, Four-Star
Kobie McKinzie is a recent de-commitment from Oklahoma. Since Lincoln Riley’s departure to Southern California, the Sooners have seen an incredible amount of 2022 and 2023 recruits de-commit and current players transfer.
McKinzie will be walking into a linebacker room that underwhelmed in the 2021 season. He can push for reps immediately if he impresses in camp and has the potential to be the top tackler at Texas when it is his time to start.
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The on-field product Texas has been putting out has been, to put things delicately, abysmal. The only thing that is (barley) keeping Longhorn Nation in good spirits is this Texas recruiting class.
Texas is in a prime position to lure some other commitments to Austin. With the coaching carousel well underway, this Texas staff can take advantage of a few programs still being influx by flipping their commitments from their current school to Texas. Grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s get into who might still commit to the Forty Acres.
Jaylon Guilbeau, Cornerback, Four-Star
Texas recruiting made a huge stride on Thanksgiving, when Jaylon Guilbeau committed to the Longhorns for the second time. Guilbeau originally committed to Texas on September 19th, 2020.
After Tom Herman and his staff was fired, the four-star cornerback out of Port Arthur Texas de-committed from Texas in July of 2021. Guilbeau would then commit to TCU and Gary Patterson’s staff. Midway through TCU’s rough 2021 season, Gary Patterson would agree to mutually part ways with TCU. Leaving Guilbeau in a tough spot again, committed to a program without a coach.
Steve Sarkisian and his staff continued to get to know Jaylon and recruit him. Guilbeau would eventually decide to de-commit from TCU and come back to his original decision, Texas.
Jaylon Guilbeau will be a sight for sore eyes coming to Austin. His physical play style and willingness to tackle is exactly what the Texas defensive backfield needs. Guilbeau could be a versatile piece in the backend of the defense, having the traits to play outside corner, nickel corner, or safety.
Devin Brown, Quarterback, Four-Star
The Elite 11 number two ranked quarterback, Devin Brown made massive strides from his Junior year in HighSchool to his Senior year. Brown moved from Arizona to Draper Utah to play at Corner Canyon HighSchool his senior year, a powerhouse HighSchool program. Devin Brown was originally committed to the University of Southern California before de-committing last week.
Brown is shooting up recruiting boards after a stellar Elite 11 and Senior season. Although Texas already has a 2022 quarterback committed in Maalik Murphy, Steve Sarkisian and his staff still are making a hard push to land Devin Brown.
With the news of Lincoln Riley going to USC, it would not at all be surprising to see Devin Brown re-commit to USC. Steve Sarkisian and his staff will have to continue to push hard before Riley can form his staff.
Kelvin Banks, Offensive Tackle, Five-Star
The highest ranked player on this list according to on3 consensus, the 6’5” 315 pound offensive tackle from Humble, Texas would be a massive pickup for Texas recruiting. Kelvin Banks committed to Oregon in July of 2021, however still made an unofficial visit to Texas earlier this month.
With whispers of Banks wanting to stay closer to home, it appears the door is at least slightly open for Kelvin Banks to flip his commitment. This could be the most impactful Texas recruiting news. With Texas’ offensive line struggling mightily, Banks could have a legitimate chance to start immediately.
Jordan Hudson, Wide Receiver, Four-Star
Jordan Hudson committed to SMU in July. However, Hudson de-committed from SMU just last week with reports of Sonny Dykes going to TCU.
Texas recruiting would get a nice boost with a Jordan Hudson flip. While Texas is still all-in on the recruitment of Evan Stewart, Steve Sarkisian and the staff know that the receiver room is lacking in depth. Any 2022 wide receiver will have a chance to play big minutes in Austin.
Kip Lewis, Linebacker, Four-Star
With news of Lincoln Riley heading to USC, suddenly Oklahoma’s recruiting class is influx. Texas needs help at linebacker, especially if Demarvion Overshown declares for the 2022 NFL draft.
Kip Lewis had a lot of interest in Texas before eventually choosing to commit to Oklahoma in April. The four-star linebacker from Carthage Texas would be able to push for playing time immediately on the forty acres.
The over arching theme here is, the coaching carousel creates chaos in recruiting. These 17 and 18 year old kids committed to these schools and coaching staff, but if the coaching staff leaves they have to make a decision to stay at the school and hope the new coaches want them or leave and choose another option.
You cannot fault any of these kids for flipping their decision; it is one of the biggest decisions of their lives and we should all be rooting for them to make the decision that will be best for them.
There will be many Texas recruiting updates, so keep a look out for more in the coming weeks!
Quinn Ewers is one of the best quarterback recruits of all-time. With a perfect 1.000 247composite ranking, Ewers was the best recruit in the 2022 recruiting class. He then re-classified, skipping his senior year of high school, and became apart of the 2021 recruiting class where he also ranked #1 overall.
Ewers was Once Upon A Time a Longhorns football commit in the Tom Herman-era, deciding to de-commit and go to Ohio State instead when it became apparent that Herman was close to getting fired. Ewers now is rumored to be looking at the transfer portal for a place to start immediately next season.
Let’s take a look at why Ewers might be looking to make a move and why Texas is a great fit for him. Grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s talk about it!
Why Would Quinn Ewers Be Looking to Transfer?
Ewers was one of the best recruits of all-time, we know that. So why isn’t he starting for Ohio State? Well, because Ohio State has one of, if not the best quarterback rooms in the nation. At the time of Ewers’ commitment I assume he was confident in his own abilities and didn’t really care who else was in the program. He was going to win that starting job.
However, that did not happen for the 2021 season, as C.J. Stroud has blossomed into one of the best quarterbacks in the nation this year. As a redshirt freshman, Stroud definitely had a leg up on Ewers already from being in the program for a year. Now, Stroud is able to continue to impress with live action reps. Ewers will again be behind the 8-ball if he stays at Ohio State another year to try and win a quarterback competition.
Along with C.J. Stroud and Quinn Ewers, Kyle McCord (‘21 5-star) and Jack Miller (‘20 4-star) also are on this Buckeyes team. With a quarterback room filled with three five-star quarterbacks and one four-star quarterback, it was always apparent that someone was going to transfer out and find a starting job somewhere else.
If Quinn Ewers wants to be in the NFL after three college seasons, he is going to have to start next season (and of course play well). NFL teams usually shy away from drafting one-year wonders, especially at quarterback.
Why is Texas a Good Fit for Quinn Ewers?
Quinn Ewers grew up a Texas Longhorn fan. Ewers is Texas bred, plain and simple. Five-Star football players who grew up 200 miles away from Austin should be guaranteed to come to the University of Texas.
Lately schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, and even Texas A&M have poached some of the best recruits in Texas. This Texas coaching staff must close these state boarders once again, especially with a talent like Ewers.
Steve Sarkisian is known to be a quarterback friendly coach, meaning he will put his signal caller in a position to succeed. Texas does not have a quarterback on campus who is nearly as talented as Ewers is. Casey Thompson and Hudson Card have been hot and cold for much of the season and haven’t elevated the talent around them. However, the quarterback isn’t a huge problem for Texas this season.
Currently, Texas’ biggest problem is song the offensive line. Kyle Flood must continue to develop the talent that is already on campus. This offense will continue to sputter if nothing changes, regardless of who is under center. Ewers, along with every other quarterback who is interested in coming to the Forty Acres, will be keeping a close eye on this offensive lines continued development.
How Would Quinn Ewers Effect the Arch Manning Recruitment?
This has been a popular question recently, as Texas is rumored to be high on Arch Manning’s list of schools. If you don’t already know, Arch Manning is a 2023 Five-Star quarterback out of New Orleans. Yes, Arch Manning is related to those Manning’s. His Uncles Peyton and Eli have four combined Super Bowl rings and will eventually both be in the NFL Hall of Fame.
Honestly, I don’t believe Quinn Ewers will have any effect on Arch Manning’s decision. All of these players are hyper-competitive and want to win a starting job over other elite players. It is an alpha mentality every football coach wants in their players.
Quinn Ewers did the same thing. He went to Ohio State with a handful of other talented quarterbacks and competed for a spot. Now, Ewers re-classified and missed out on Ohio States Spring Ball so the playing field wasn’t exactly fair for him, but the sentiment still stays true.
Furthermore, Quinn Ewers and Arch Manning would only overlap one season, provided Ewers excels and leaps to the NFL after his redshirt Sophomore season. Arch Manning could come into Austin and compete for the job. If he wins he will have impressed a lot of people in the process, including NFL scouts.
If he loses, it’s what was expected coming into a new environment and a higher level of competition. Arch can sit for a year and take a redshirt or serve as the primary backup. The year after Ewers should be off to the NFL and Arch can seamlessly take over as the Longhorns new signal caller.
Obviously this is completely hypothetical and a rumor at the moment. As far as I know, Quinn Ewers has not officially gone into the transfer portal. Furthermore, Arch Manning has not committed to Texas. In a season like we are currently in, sometimes it’s okay to day dream and think about the absolute best case scenario.
I still believe in this coaching staff. I believe they are going to get this ship turned around. Getting Quinn Ewers in the transfer portal would be one huge step towards Texas being back.
The Texas Longhorns enter week 10 with a showdown vs the Iowa State Cyclones. This match-up was a lot more juicy in the preseason. Actually this match-up was a lot more intriguing even a month ago.
The Longhorns enter Jack Trice Stadium losers of three straight Big XII contests and with an overall record of 4-4 (2-3). Iowa State is coming off of a disappointing loss to West Virginia in Morgantown and sits 5-3 (4-2). Now lets jump into the Texas vs Iowa State Week 10 preview.
How did Texas get here?
The date is October 9, 2021. You currently are sitting at home during halftime of the Texas/Oklahoma game, which the Longhorns currently lead 38-20. Suddenly a bright light flashes and a defeated looking person approaches claiming to be you from the future. This person tells you what is about to happen to the Texas Longhorn football program the next month, which includes:
A blown lead to Oklahoma leading to a 55-48 defeat at the hands of, Not Spencer Rattler, but their backup quarterback.
Two more second half blown leads of at least 11 points to both Oklahoma State and Baylor
A very publicized in-practice confrontation between head coach Steve Sarkisian and wide receiver Joshua Moore, leading to a time that Moore’s future with the program would be in question
An assistant coaches wife’s (nicknamed Pole Assassin) pet monkey will bite and injure a child at a Halloween party causing even more bad PR for a battered program.
This seems way too crazy to be true. However this is the actual reality of the 2021 Texas Longhorns. The Longhorns need a strong four-quarter performance. Not just to get closer to bowl eligibility, but to have some positive momentum for the first time in almost a month.
How did Iowa State get here?
The Iowa State Cyclones are coming off of one of the best seasons in program history in 2020. Finishing 9-3, runner up in the BIg XII, won the Fiesta Bowl, and finished #9 in the final polls.
There was a lot of excitement going into 2021 with the return of quarterback Brock Purdy and running back (and Heisman darkhorse) Breece Hall. However Matt Campbell and the Cyclones have not been able to translate expectations into improvement this year.
They are a pedestrian 5-3 overall with losses to Iowa, Baylor and West Virginia. The Cyclones are not out of the Big XII title picture just yet, however they need some help and need to take care of the rest of their opponents
How this game will be won
Whichever team can get establish the running game best will more than likely come away on top in this contest. Both teams are very dependent on getting the run going in order to set up the passing game. A prime example would be the lack of offensive production last week from the Longhorns while Bijan Robinson was completely bottled up by the Baylor Bears.
What is concerning for the Longhorns is Iowa State is currently #5 in the nation in rushing yards allowed. Can the Longhorns get four quarters of meaningful carries out of Bijan? Or will the offense stagnate again in the second half? Here are our predictions this week:
Texas vs Iowa State Predictions
Joseph Maggard: Texas 28-24
Ryan McAloon: Texas 31-28
Michael Farber: Texas 31-27
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