We are truly living in the wild west now in the modern day of the NCAA Transfer Portal, and this is something that is now touching the Texas football program in a big way. It’s now apparent that Texas had one of their biggest stars get a sizable NIL offer from another Power Five program.
Multiple reports (including from Horns247 and Orangebloods, paid content) have now discussed the prior rumor this week that the rising sophomore star wide receiver Xavier Worthy got a sizable NIL offer to enter the transfer portal before the spring deadline for immediate eligibility, which hit on May 1.
It sounds like this offer to Worthy didn’t creep into the seven figures. But it did sit in the realm of a sizable six-figure offer to leave the Longhorns for the transfer portal following the conclusion of spring ball last week.
It’s clear now, though, that Worthy turned down any offer that came his way from another Power Five school. Worthy took to social media on the night of May 2 to reaffirm his intentions to stay at Texas.
Texas football able to retain star WR Xavier Worthy despite sizable NIL offer
He posted a picture with him and second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian, essentially giving the reaffirmation for Texas fans that he’ll be sticking around through at least one other Power Five program attempting to poach him away from the Forty Acres.
It is also worth noting that the particular Power Five school that tried to snag Worthy away from the Longhorns is not named as of yet. And that might remain under wraps given that Worthy is sticking around with the Longhorns.
Moreover, the feeling we’re getting from this situation with Worthy and the transfer portal is that Texas is doing well to keep its top stars satisfied in terms of their efforts in the NIL world. Texas is likely doing a nice job of keeping on the forefront to make sure big names such as star running back Bijan Robinson, Worthy, quarterback Quinn Ewers, etc. are set up nicely given each player’s NIL value.
It is very reassuring to hear about Texas doing a nice job retaining Worthy, especially through the sagas involving the Horns missing out on Ochaun Mathis and Pitt star wide receiver Jordan Addison likely getting nabbed from the Panthers in the last few days. This is a crazy world we’re living in with the transfer portal now, and the Longhorns will need to continue to stay on the cutting edge to stave off situations such as a star like Worthy getting snagged.
Worthy just wrapped up a very solid freshman campaign with Sark and the Longhorns. He registered just shy of 1,000 receiving yards on 62 catches (good for more than 15 yards per catch) and a dozen touchdown catches.