Texas football in contact with new outside receiver target Trealyn Porchia

Steve Sarkisian, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver recruiting has come back to the forefront for Texas football on the trail in the midst of the 2022 season. New wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion is putting in a lot of work on the recruiting trail right now, trying to put together the right combination of talent and personnel in the 2023 and 2024 classes.

Marion and head coach Steve Sarkisian already have a nice group in store among wide receiver commits in the Longhorns 2023 class, led by five-star DeSoto product Johntay Cook. But it looks like Texas is seeking out one more wide receiver commit to round out recruiting at the position in the 2023 class.

And with senior evaluations taking place now for the Texas staff, there looks to be a new wide receiver target that could be emerging for the Longhorns 2023 class. A report from Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas on Sep. 8 indicates that Marion and the Longhorns are now in communication with the rising unranked 6-foot-5 and 200-pound Beaumont United wide receiver Trealyn Porchia.

Texas football and Brennan Marion zoning in on 2023 outside receiver Trealyn Porchia

It’s worth noting that Porchia is not a new name on the radar of Marion. When he was on staff with the Pitt Panthers, Marion was scouting and offered Porchia back in February 2021.

Pitt remains one of the three schools on Porchia’s offer sheet, along with the UTSA Roadrunners and Troy Trojans.

Porchia has strong ties with Marion going back a few years, so Texas would not be starting from square one if they decided to send an offer his way this fall.

What the lengthy and physically-gifted 6-foot-5 outside receiver Porchia brings to the table is a sneaky combination of reliable hands, high-effort blocking downfield, and excellent vertical ability. Porchia is a two-sport athlete, as he plays football and basketball at Beaumont United.

Some Longhorns basketball fans might recognize his teammate and Texas basketball target, four-star shooting guard Wesley Yates.

Porchia really shows off those physical tools that allow him to thrive on the basketball court when he’s put in situations to bring down contested 50/50 balls on the outside. He’s got excellent timing on jump balls and his large frame and vertical ability mean he’s a high percentage target on contested passes.

At the moment, it does look like the route tree for Porchia is pretty limited. Most of the film I can find on him show him running either bubble screens, slants, or out routes with limited breaks and complexity.

But most of the film on him is from a year or two ago from his high school games and camps/combines. He could’ve developed his route tree more in that span of time.

And the likelihood that Texas would see Porchia as a fit as a z-wide receiver means that his route tree wouldn’t have to be as complex as an x. He also wouldn’t need to have the short-area speed, quickness, and quick breaks that Sark and Marion would need out of a slot wideout.

Moreover, the high motor and football IQ really come to the forefront with Porchia when you see his stellar downfield blocking ability and some of his defensive highlights. Porchia has played on both sides of the ball for Beaumont United, taking some reps as a defensive back and what looks to be the occasional hybrid linebacker role.

Porchia’s play diagnosis, tackling ability, and off-ball awareness when he’s taking reps on defense further highlights his high football IQ.

The downfield blocking ability of Porchia is one of the most impressive parts of his game. He was already showing the fundamental blocking ability in run plays and effort and intensity to finish blocks as a sophomore at Beaumont United.

That blocking ability would be very valuable in Sark’s offense to help open up space for the other talented skill players.

All in all, it looks like Texas could have a nice find for an undervalued wide receiver recruit in the 2023 class if Marion and this staff do wind up sending an offer to Porchia. He still has to develop his route tree, improve his acceleration/burst off the line of scrimmage, and likely add at least five or 10 more pounds of muscle mass to his frame, but he has ample potential to contribute as an outside receiver at the Power Five level.

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Texas currently holds commitments from 22 recruits in the 2023 class as of Sep. 8. According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 2 in the nation only behind the Alabama Crimson Tide.