4 big-time transfers that have interest in Texas football in December

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Damieon George, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Transfer portal season has started, and the Texas football program has already experienced some of the effects that it can bring. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian lost eight players to the transfer portal in the last few days alone. And we’re likely to see more entrants to the portal in the coming days and weeks for Texas.

Although, Sark and the Longhorns are also in a position to use the transfer portal to their benefit this coming offseason.

I fully expect the Longhorns to win more than they lose in the portal this offseason. Last offseason, the Longhorns utilized the transfer portal well. If not for a couple of key injuries, the transfer portal would’ve really been a huge benefactor for Texas this fall.

Moreover, Texas will probably have even more opportunities to add some big-time impact players by way of the transfer portal this coming offseason compared to the 2022 class. Since we’re not expecting all that many Longhorns players among the starters to enter the portal as part of the 2023 class Texas should be in an advantageous spot for this transfer cycle.

The big names in the transfer portal that have interest in Texas football

Here’s a look at four big-time transfers that already have interest in the Longhorns ahead of the portal window opening on Dec. 5.

Damieon George, OT

Among the earliest names on the radar for the Longhorns that emerged in the transfer portal heading into the 2023 offseason is the former three-star recruit and towering 6-foot-7 and 340-pound junior offensive tackle Damieon George Jr.

George is a product of North Shore High School in Houston, TX, and is familiar with a few of the coaches on the Longhorns staff. One of the leading recruiters for the Alabama Crimson Tide during George’s recruitment was Texas special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks.

Second-year Texas offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood was also one of Alabama’s coaches heavily involved in the recruitment of George out of high school. George also played for then-Alabama OC Sarkisian and OL coach Flood in his first season in Tuscaloosa.

George fits the bill physically of what Flood likes in an offensive tackle. He is rangy and has a long wingspan. And since George already checks a lot of the boxes of what Flood was looking for in more of a developmental offensive tackle coming out of high school, he should be a good fit at Texas.

A report from Mike Roach of Horns247 (paid content) indicated that if Texas brought George into the fold in 2023, he would mostly be as a depth piece upon the departure of senior starting offensive tackle Christian Jones.

If Texas were to land a commitment out of the portal from George, he would likely be competing with freshman Cam Williams for the starting job at right tackle opposite of Kelvin Banks in 2023.