6 way-too-early transfer targets to watch for Texas football in 2023

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Dacari Collins, WR

Another position group that Texas is bound to seek out help via the transfer portal next offseason lies at wide receiver. Sark, new wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion, and the Longhorns could have some notable losses in this position group in 2023 including redshirt junior Jordan Whittington. Texas could also be losing senior tight end Jahleel Billingsley and grad transfer receiver Tarique Milton in 2023.

A big-time question mark that Texas will have in the receiving corps in 2023 will be at the boundary spot.

Texas will have the former Wyoming Cowboys transfer and redshirt sophomore Isaiah Neyor making his return from an ACL tear in 2023. And we haven’t seen any other outside receivers step up in the boundary spot in the absence of Neyor this fall.

If Neyor’s health is still a major question mark entering spring ball, I believe Sark, Marion, and the Longhorns have to look in the portal for some options on the outside.

And maybe the most intriguing outside receiver in the portal this fall is the former Clemson Tigers blue-chip recruit and sophomore Dacari Collins. The sizable and athletic 6-foot-5 and 210-pound Collins showed a lot of flashes of the premier outside receiver he could become down the stretch last season with Clemson.

He registered more than 200 receiving yards in three of the last four games of last season, including a trio of nice contested catches.

Collins is an extremely gifted and fluid athlete that thrives the most as a pure boundary receiver. Contested catches and beating opposing defensive backs with his speed and long strides on deep balls are situations where he thrives the most.

And Collins looks like an excellent fit in this Sark offense. In fact, he was offered by Sark when the second-year Texas head coach was the offensive coordinator with the Alabama Crimson Tide a couple of years ago.

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Of all the offensive players in the portal at this point of the fall, I think Collins is my favorite in terms of how he fits at Texas and the long-term potential he could bring to the table for this offense. And considering how Texas doesn’t have any natural outside receivers committed in the 2023 recruiting class at the moment, adding more depth at the position with a guy like Collins makes too much sense.