One of the biggest storylines concerning the Texas football program and the NCAA Transfer Portal heading into the upcoming offseason is the status of sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy with the team. Rumors were flying in the last few weeks pertaining to the possibility that Worthy could enter the transfer portal to try and get closer to home on the west coast.
Worthy added more fuel to the fire in this discussion when he scrubbed his Instagram page of anything that was related to Texas content. But he did keep Texas-related content on his Twitter page, so he didn’t scrub all social media of anything that tied him to the Longhorns.
Yet, we got to see Worthy continue the trend of mysterious social media activity in the last few days when he tweeted “the calm before the storm”. He also scrubbed his Instagram page of all but one post on his main timeline on Nov. 29.
Moreover, coming out of the weekend it started to sound like there was more momentum trending to Worthy wanting to enter the portal to at least test the waters on the transfer market heading into next offseason.
The winds might be starting to shift a bit in this discussion, though. We’ve got a few reports as of the morning of Dec. 1 indicating that the efforts from Texas’ staff to keep Worthy around on the Forty Acres for 2023 could be making an impression.
Standout WR Xavier Worthy could be “leaning toward staying” with Texas football
A report from Chip Brown of Horns247 on Dec. 1 (paid content) mentioned that one of his sources around the program said that Worthy is now “leaning toward staying” with Texas in 2023.
Texas’ staff is investing a lot to convince Worthy that this team is the right fit for him and that the offense will figure out some of these issues ahead of next season.
Whatever they’re doing looks to be working at the moment, given one other report that came in which indicates Worthy could actually stick around for at least one more year.
TFB Texas reported on Dec. 1 (donor content) that they’re hearing Worthy might be starting to lean toward sticking around on the Forty Acres instead of entering the portal.
Now, I’m not going to say that this is enough proof to firmly say that Worthy is going to stay at Texas. The staff still has a lot of work to do to convince him to stay away from the portal heading into next offseason.
For the time being, though, it looks like things are trending in the right direction with Worthy. That is good news considering how important he will be for this Texas offense, especially if he has a bounce-back campaign next season.
Worthy finished up the regular season with 53 catches for 676 receiving yards (12.8 yards per catch), good for nine touchdown catches. He also had one touchdown pass, which came against the West Virginia Mountaineers, during the regular season.