Predicting Texas football’s next transfer addition after CB Gavin Holmes

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The latest addition by way of the NCAA Transfer Portal for Texas football arrived on Dec. 21 in somewhat of a surprise announcement. Texas landed a commitment out of the portal on Early National Signing Day from the former Wake Forest Demon Deacons redshirt sophomore transfer cornerback Gavin Holmes.

Holmes committed to the Longhorns out of the portal after taking an official visit to Austin last weekend. The official trip to Austin was Holmes’ first since entering the portal. And Texas wound up making a big enough impression that Holmes decided to shut down the recruiting process on the transfer market before even taking the early January visit to State College to see the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Texas was able to sign Holmes on the first signing day (Dec. 21). That now gives Texas two signees in the 2023 portal class between Holmes and the former Stanford Cardinal senior punter and grad transfer Ryan Sanborn.

The work is far from over in the portal for head coach Steve Sarkisian in the transfer portal heading into the 2023 offseason, though.

Ja’Had Carter and the possible portal players Texas football could nab after CB Gavin Holmes

Here’s a look at a prediction of who the next portal commit will be for the Longhorns after adding Holmes on the first signing day.

Kevin Coleman, WR

One of the intriguing recent transfer portal entrants that caught my eye is also someone that Sark and the Longhorns staff were after on the past on the recruiting trail. The former Jackson State freshman wide receiver and ex-five-star recruit Kevin Coleman is one of the more talented players at his position in the portal at the moment.

Coleman put his name in the transfer portal shortly after the former Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders left to take the same position with the Colorado Buffaloes in the PAC-12. And while that would lead many to think that Coleman is Boulder-bound to join Sanders and the Buffs, he might entertain some other offers.

Coleman hinted at this with a tweet he posted on Dec. 21, essentially saying that his recruitment out of the portal is open. And given the need that wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator Brennan Marion and the Longhorns have in terms of adding numbers to the receiver room in 2023, targeting Coleman out of the portal makes some sense.

Texas’ staff is one that Coleman is familiar with. Sark and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks formed good relationships with Coleman and his camp during his recruitment coming out of St. Mary’s High School in Missouri.