Depth on the defensive side of the ball was lost in droves for the Texas football program since late in the regular season. Whether it be due to entrants into the NCAA Transfer Portal, lost recruits, and/or early entrants for the 2021 NFL Draft, Texas and newly hired head coach Steve Sarkisian have new problems to solve on this side of the ball.
The most recent loss for the Longhorns to the transfer portal arrived during the holiday weekend. Junior cornerback and the former highly touted four-star recruit Jalen Green reportedly (per Horns247) put his name into the transfer portal over the weekend, which is likely due to all of the coaching staff changes that transpired on the Forty Acres of late.
Texas has a sizable number of losses in the defensive backfield since the start of this past regular season. It all started with the departure of the former four-star recruit and sophomore cornerback Kenyatta Watson II to the transfer portal. Watson II ultimately landed back in his home state, with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. And Texas also lost freshman safety Xavion Alford to the portal. He ultimately landed with head coach Kyle Whittingham and the Utah Utes.
But losing out on Green means a ton of experience and production at the cornerback position is now gone for the Longhorns. Green putting his name in the transfer portal will be just about the worst departure this year from the Texas secondary, outside of the safety duo of Caden Sterns and Chris Brown.
What Texas is losing with Green entering the portal is 47 career combined tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, no sacks, one interception, and seven pass breakups. During the 2020 season, Green played in nine games and registered 14 combined tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception, and two pass breakups.
Texas needs to make up this loss at the cornerback position by way of the transfer portal in the near future. The Longhorns also wound up missing out on the former McNeese State cornerback transfer Darion Dunn, who committed to Texas during the Early Signing Period, since the firing of now former fourth-year head coach Tom Herman earlier this month.