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

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Tunmise Adeleye Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Tunmise Adeleye, DE

We already talked on the site earlier today about the possibility of the former Texas A&M Aggies talented redshirt freshman defensive end/edge rusher Tunmise Adeleye committing to the Longhorns out of the transfer portal.

Adeleye has connections to many of the coaches on Texas’ staff, and was heavily recruited by the Longhorns out of high school in the 2021 class.

Banks was one of the leading recruiters for the Crimson Tide during Alabama’s pursuit of Adeleye out of high school. The same could be said for a couple of different coaches on Texas’ defensive staff (i.e. Pete Kwiatkowski at Washington) during the recruitment of Adeleye.

Not only does Adeleye fill a need for the Longhorns along the defensive line, but he also is a great fit with PK’s front that will try to transition more to a pure 2-4-5 look next season if the right pieces are in place. The 6-foot-4 and 290-pound Adeleye is more than versatile enough to play in the three-technique as a pure defensive lineman, or line up as a true edge rusher.

Prior to suffering a myriad of injury issues during the regular season, Adeleye was primed for a breakout 2022 campaign with the Aggies. But injuries held him to just over 60 defensive snaps over the course of two games during the regular season.

All in all, if the Longhorns can land a commitment out of the portal from Adeleye, this would be one of the greatest gifts possible that they could get among defensive linemen testing the transfer market for the upcoming offseason.