With the regular season wrapped up for Texas football, there will start to be a lot of attention paid to the movement that occurs in the NCAA Transfer Portal.
Maybe more so than ever before, Texas is bound to see a lot of movement in the transfer portal heading into the 2023 offseason. We did see a lot of big names move around in the transfer portal last offseason. But in terms of the pure quantity of players that could be in the portal in the next few months, it’s looking like it could be in the thousands.
And for the Longhorns, in particular, I would expect a double-digit number of players to enter the portal by the start of spring ball.
But we’ve only seen one Longhorns player enter the portal during the 2022 regular season/fall camp. That is a lot less than we saw in the midst of the regular season over the course of the previous two years.
That is sure to change in the coming weeks, though. With the next portal window opening up on Dec. 5, we’re going to see a lot of names either surface in the portal or be rumored to test the waters in the transfer market.
Here’s the official Longhorns’ transfer tracker for the 2023 class.
Tracking Texas football players that leave for the transfer portal in the 2023 class
Jaylen Garth, OT
The lone loss for the Longhorns during the fall came when the former blue-chip recruit and redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jaylen Garth left the program in the midst of camp. Garth found a home with OL coach/run game coordinator Brandon Jones, head coach Dana Holgorsen, and the Houston Cougars (confirmed by a 247Sports report in late August).
Jones and the Cougars recruited Garth out of Port Neches-Groves High School with the 2020 class. This connection was reignited upon Garth entering the portal in August.
During his two seasons on the Forty Acres, the 6-foot-5 and 305-pound OT Garth received offensive snaps in just two games in 2021. He got a dozen snaps, all as a run blocker, in Texas’ win over the Rice Owls last season. And he got nine snaps, all as a run blocker, in Texas’ win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders the following week last fall.
Troy Omeire, WR
On Nov. 29, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Troy Omeire announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal via a post on Twitter. Omeire is a former four-star recruit that signed with the Longhorns as part of the 2020 class.
Omeire spent three years at Texas, two of which he didn’t get to play due to season-ending knee injuries. He did get offensive snaps over the course of four games during the 2022 regular season, only one of which he was targeted in. Omeire finished up the 2022 season with one catch for nine yards and no touchdowns.
Depending on his redshirt situation following the 2022 season, Omeire will have at least three years of eligibility remaining heading into the offseason.
Prince Dorbah, EDGE
As expected, we saw a major influx of defensive players that were buried on the depth chart this season for the Longhorns enter the portal ahead of the Dec. 5 window opening next week. One of the latest that entered the portal on Nov. 29 is the former blue-chip recruit and redshirt sophomore edge rusher Prince Dorbah.
Dorbah saw the field in seven games over the course of the last three seasons, while racking up 11 combined tackles, one tackle for loss, no missed tackles, no QB pressures, and eight stops.
This season, Dorbah saw action in five of the first games. But he didn’t take a single defensive snap after the Red River Rivalry game on Oct. 8 against the Oklahoma Sooners.
UPDATE: On Dec. 18, Dorbah announced his commitment out of the portal to the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Destination: Arizona State
JD Coffey III, S
Another defensive player for the Longhorns that surfaced in the portal early in the afternoon of Nov. 29 was the former blue-chip recruit and sophomore safety JD Coffey III.
The 6-foot and 185-pound safety saw action in nine games in the last two seasons. He racked up 11 combined tackles, no tackles for loss, one QB pressure, one missed tackle, and one stop in the last two seasons. Coffey was the second or third-string safety for Texas for much of this season.
Coffey will have three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.
DJ Harris, LB/EDGE
The third defensive player to enter the portal in a row on Nov. 29 was another former blue-chip recruit and redshirt freshman outside linebacker/edge rusher DJ Harris. The second-year 6-foot-2 and 235-pound edge player saw action in a couple of games in the last two seasons where he registered three combined tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, no missed tackles, and two stops.
Harris was on the field for 19 defensive snaps in the last two seasons. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.
Andrej Karic, OT
After being utilized in a hybrid tackle/tight end role for much of the season, redshirt sophomore OT Andrej Karic decided to enter the portal on Nov. 29. Karic is the first offensive lineman since the end of the regular season for Texas to test the waters in the portal. And he is the second to do so in the 2023 class, along with Garth.
Karic saw action in more than two dozen games in the last three seasons, taking most of his offensive snaps at left tackle. But he did switch to right tackle some in the last few years. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.
UPDATE: On Dec. 19, Karic announced on social media that he is committing to the Tennessee Volunteers out of the portal.
Hudson Card, QB
The biggest transfer announcement that we got today concerning any Longhorns player came courtesy of a report from ESPN’s Pete Thamel that junior quarterback Hudson Card intends to enter the portal heading into next offseason. Card played a big role in helping stay afloat offensively early in the season when redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers went down with a shoulder injury against the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Card saw action in 21 games in the last three seasons, racking up more than 1,500 passing yards, 12 total touchdowns, and two interceptions. His best and most productive season came this year, when he tossed six touchdowns, one interception, and raked in more than 900 passing yards.
At his next stop, Card will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Jamier Johnson, CB
In the midst of the chaos of roughly a half-dozen Longhorns players entering the portal on Nov. 29, the last one that came in the string of a couple of hours was sophomore cornerback Jamier Johnson.
Johnson saw the field in nine games over the last two seasons, putting up seven combined tackles, no tackles for loss, no missed tackles, two stops, and one pass breakup. Most of Johnson’s workload came this season when he took more than 170 defensive snaps at corner for Texas over the course of seven games.
Since Johnson played in more than four games this season, he will have three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop. He is a former four-star recruit hailing out of Pasadena John Muir in California.
UPDATE: On Dec. 21, it was announced that Johnson signed with the Indiana Hoosiers.
Ben Ballard, QB
The second quarterback to hit the portal from Texas this week came via an announcement on social media on the night of Nov. 30. Walk-on quarterback Ben Ballard announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal on Nov. 30, joining Card among the Texas signal-callers to do so this week.
Ballard mentioned in his tweet this week that he did get his degree from the University of Texas-Austin and that he is “grateful” to be “a Longhorn for life”.
As he is a graduate transfer, Ballard is immediately able to enter the portal. He spent four years at Texas, taking five offensive snaps over the course of two games during the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Ballard should have two years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.
UPDATE: On Dec. 20, Ballard announced he is transferring to join former Texas head coach Tom Herman with the Florida Atlantic Owls.
Destination: Florida Atlantic
Devin Richardson, LB
After spending two seasons with the Longhorns, the former New Mexico State Aggies transfer and 2019 Freshman All-American Devin Richardson will be entering the portal. This will be the second time that Richardson has entered the portal in his collegiate career.
The 6-foot-3 and 235-pound Richardson played in a dozen games in the last two seasons for Texas while registering 15 combined tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, no sacks, seven stops, two missed tackles, four quarterback pressures, and one QB hit.
Richardson saw an uptick in the number of defensive snaps he took this season compared to last, getting nearly into the triple digits this fall. The Spring, TX, native will enter the portal as a graduate transfer that could technically have two years of eligibility remaining.
UPDATE: On Dec. 20, Richardson announced he is transferring to Washington State.
Destination: Washington State
Logan Parr, IOL
On the evening of Dec. 5, the third Texas offensive lineman entered the transfer portal since the start of fall camp. After spending three years at Texas, the 6-foot-4 and 310-pound redshirt sophomore interior offensive lineman Logan Parr announced that he will be entering the transfer portal.
Parr took around three dozen offensive snaps over the course of four games during the regular season. Of those three dozen offensive snaps, he saw time at each of the positions along the interior offensive line.
Parr is a former four-star recruit out of Helotes O’Connor High School in Texas. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop out of the portal.
Isaac Pearson, P
After losing the starting job in the regular season opener, redshirt freshman punter Isaac Pearson will be entering the transfer portal with three years of eligibility remaining. Pearson first joined the Longhorns in 2021 and attempted his only punt in the opener this fall, which went for just 15 yards.
Pearson was one of the highest-rated punter recruits in the class of 2021. He was expected to enter the portal after former Texas Wesleyan transfer Daniel Trejo took over the punting duties following the regular season opener this year.
Junior Angilau, IOL
Texas saw one of the more detrimental portal losses take place on Dec. 12 with the news that fifth-year senior interior offensive lineman Junior Angilau will test the transfer market. Angilau will have at least two years of eligibility remaining after spending five years on the Forty Acres, three of which he actually played.
Angilau missed the entirety of the 2022 season after suffering a knee injury during a scrimmage in fall camp. He is a former four-star recruit that signed with the Longhorns’ 2018 class. And he took more than 2,200 offensive snaps at guard over the course of the three seasons he played at Texas (2019-2021).
UPDATE: On Dec. 20, Angilau announced he is transferring to Oregon.
Agiye Hall, WR
After spending one year at Texas, redshirt freshman wide receiver Agiye Hall has entered the transfer portal. This is the second year in a row that Hall is in the portal, and he will be looking for his third school in less than as many years.
Last week, the news came about that Hall left the team.
Hall will have three years of eligibility remaining after spending one season with Texas and one with the Alabama Crimson Tide (2021). During the regular season, Hall had one catch for seven yards.