Texas Football: 3 wide receivers UT is targeting early in transfer portal

Jerand Bradley. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports
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Jerand Bradley. Mandatory Credit: Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports
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Jerand Bradley

The portal wideout on this list that the Longhorns faithful are probably the most familiar with is the former Texas Tech Red Raiders redshirt sophomore receiver, Jerand Bradley. The third-year wideout Bradley was the third Texas Tech receiver to enter the transfer portal this offseason.

Texas Tech has lost two starting caliber receivers to the transfer portal already in this cycle, Bradley and senior slot wideout Myles Price. Head coach Joey McGuire and the Red Raiders also lost sophomore receiver Tyler King to the portal in the last few days.

Bradley announced his plans to enter the transfer portal late last weekend after spending three seasons at Texas Tech. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining at his next stop out of the portal.

In the last two seasons at Texas Tech, Bradley registered 87 catches for over 1,100 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He had high expectations entering this season after registering nearly 750 receiving yards on over 50 catches, with seven touchdowns at Texas Tech last fall.

But Bradley hasn’t lived up to the hype this fall as he’s experienced a decent statistical regression with just over half as many receiving yards (431) in the same number of games played as last season.

Texas is likely targeting Bradley as a potential option to fill the void at boundary receiver left by the departing Mitchell. Bradley obviously won’t be the same receiver Mitchell has been for the Longhorns this season if he were to hypothetically commit to Texas out of the portal this offseason.

Bradley is a big and strong receiver who can go up and high point those tough contested 50/50 balls on the boundary. He led Texas Tech in contested catches, with just over a dozen, in the last two seasons.

Texas doesn’t have a solidified starter at boundary receiver in 2024, depending on what happens with redshirt junior wideout Isaiah Neyor. Neyor is probably Texas’s best option to start at boundary receiver if he’s healthy coming off the knee injury and returns to the 40 next year.

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