Texas football OT Jaylen Garth the first fall casualty to the portal

Jaylen Garth, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Jaylen Garth, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian experienced the first loss to the NCAA Transfer Portal since the start of fall camp on Aug. 22. Redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Jaylen Garth has reportedly entered the transfer portal after seemingly getting moved down on the depth chart along the offensive line with the rise of so many talented true freshmen in fall camp.

The report that Garth entered the transfer portal this week came from multiple sources, including Chris Hummer of 247Sports. It was also confirmed by Inside Texas on Aug. 22.

Garth is the first scholarship player for the Longhorns to enter the transfer portal since the week after the conclusion of spring camp, back in late April.

Third-year Texas football OL Jaylen Garth enters the transfer portal

Heading into fall camp, Garth was one of the few offensive tackles on the roster with any sort of live-game reps under his belt returning from last season’s team. While Garth only took a little more than 20 offensive snaps over the course of two games last season, that is still more reps than most offensive tackles on the roster for this fall.

The two games that Garth got live-game reps in last fall came against the Rice Owls and Texas Tech Red Raiders. All of his offensive snaps came at the right tackle position last season.

Moreover, Garth was originally a four-star recruit that signed with the Longhorns’ 2020 class. Garth was rated as a top 20 offensive tackle recruit in the 247Sports Composite as a senior coming out of Port Neches-Groves High School.

He was recruited to Texas by former offensive line coach Herb Hand.

Garth did have ties to the current Longhorns’ staff from his time as a recruit. He was recruited by current Texas offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks when they were on staff with the Alabama Crimson Tide when Garth was at Port Neches-Groves.

Alabama was one of the top schools at the time competing with Texas on the trail for Garth as a high school recruit.

Garth will still have four years of eligibility remaining at his next landing spot out of the portal, including the COVID-19 redshirt year.

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Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Sark and the Longhorns will open up the 2022 regular season at home on Sep. 3 against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.