Jahdae Barron, DB
If this does come to fruition, one of the more surprising potential portal entrants for the Longhorns in the 2023 class is the standout junior defensive back/nickelback Jahdae Barron. The former blue-chip recruit also appears to be heavily courted to entice him to enter the portal for the second straight offseason.
Similar to Worthy, Barron looked to have at least a handful of NIL offers come his way if he decided to take his talents elsewhere last offseason.
Moreover, I don’t know how likely Barron would be to actually leave Texas were he to test the waters in the portal in 2023. What I do know is that it sounds like Barron is legitimately considering the idea of seeing what else is out there this coming offseason.
A report from CJ Vogel of TFB Texas this week (donor content) notes that Barron is a real threat to enter the portal at some point in the next couple of months.
It’s just weird that Barron would be considering this move after he had such a good run with an improved Texas defense during the regular season. Barron got All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors this season and really should’ve at least received a spot on First or Second Team.
He finished up the regular season with a career-high 68 combined tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions (one returned for a TD), two pass breakups, and one fumble recovered for a touchdown. Barron clearly had a massive impact on multiple phases of this Texas defense in 2022.
If Barron does decide to put his name in the portal heading into next offseason, I would imagine that would happen after Texas plays its bowl game. But that is mostly speculation based on the prospective timeline that has emerged regarding the possibility of Barron entering the portal.