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

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Dont’e Thornton, WR

Another wide receiver that could bring a lot to the table for the Longhorns that has already announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal for this coming offseason is the talented 6-foot-5 and 190-pound outside wideout Dont’e Thornton.

After spending the last two seasons with the Oregon Ducks, Thornton elected to test the waters in the transfer portal. While Thornton looked to be rising up the wide receiver depth chart for Oregon as this season progressed, he is now seeking out greener pastures elsewhere by way of the portal.

Thornton showed a lot of potential of what he can do once he comes close to reaching his ceiling to round out the regular season with the Ducks. In the last three games of the regular season, Thornton hauled in seven catches for a whopping 217 receiving yards, one touchdown, and nearly 50 yards after the catch.

If Texas does show ample interest in Thornton out of the portal next offseason, he could be a nice fit on the outside. He would add depth for the Longhorns in the wide receiver room behind redshirt sophomore outside receiver Isaiah Neyor.

The depth that could be added by bringing in Thornton by way of the portal would be a good insurance policy as Neyor works his way back from a season-ending knee injury that he suffered during fall camp.

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The main caveat with the connection between Thornton and the Longhorns is that I don’t know how heavily Sark and wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion will pursue him this coming offseason. Texas will probably want to add more depth to the outside receiver spot in 2023, but there will likely be more proven and potent options that surface than Thornton.