Nabbing a safety that can cover a lot of ground and be versatile enough to fill a role similar to what former Texas football standout Brandon Jones did in the last two years could be a good goal if Ash is to hit the transfer portal for help. There’s also a good amount of uncertainty surrounding the potential bounce back, and health, of Texas’ top two safeties/nickelbacks Foster and Sterns.
What the USC Trojans rising senior safety C.J. Pollard brings to the table that the Longhorns don’t have in this position group now is the length and speed of a starting caliber player behind the likes of Sterns and Foster. Texas does have a few younger safeties, like Chris Adimora and Tyler Owens, that could still use the time to develop.
Pollard is also an interesting case study because he’s now going to be coached up by the former Texas defensive coordinator and safeties coach if he sticks around at USC. Head coach Clay Helton hired Orlando and Naivar once the Longhorns let them go. They are filling mostly the same roles at USC that they did on the Forty Acres too.
In his three-year career at USC, Pollard racked up 30 career total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, and one pass deflection. He only got to play in bits and pieces of 16 different games in those three years at USC, though. The 6-foot-1 and 195 pound former four-star recruit could be a really good plug and play fit with the Longhorns secondary.