Texas Football: 5 grand-prize portal targets for UT in early December

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A crazy week in the NCAA Transfer Portal with the opening of the December window has impacted the Texas football program regarding players entering the portal and high-profile targets surfacing at positions of need. Seven Texas players have at least announced their intentions to enter the transfer portal if they haven’t officially entered the portal already.

Among the most significant Longhorns players who have announced their intentions to enter the portal are redshirt junior wide receiver Isaiah Neyor, senior safety Jalen Catalon, and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Casey Cain.

The good news for Texas is that Catalon is the only player who has started at least one game this season who entered the portal from the Longhorns.

Top transfer targets for Texas football in the first week of the December portal window

Texas has also found traction while targeting multiple high-profile portal entrants this week. Not only has Texas already reached out to top portal priorities, such as junior Clemson transfer safety Andrew Mukuba and UTSA redshirt sophomore edge rusher Trey Moore, but they’ve also scheduled visits with those guys.

The Longhorns are also figured to be big players in the portal, with some names that have yet to show up on the transfer market. But among the players who have already entered the portal this week, there are quite a few targets worth mentioning.

Here are five grand-prize portal targets for the Longhorns from the players who have entered the transfer market this week.

Andrew Mukuba, S

Among the top portal priorities for the Longhorns in the first week of the December window is the former Clemson Tigers junior safety Andrew Mukuba. Defensive back is a position the Longhorns are focused on upgrading in the transfer portal this offseason. And Mukuba is one of the top targets the Longhorns are looking at to upgrade the secondary in 2024.

Multiple reports confirmed on Dec. 8 that Mukuba will visit Texas among five schools that he’ll see next week. He’s reportedly planning to visit Austin next weekend.

The other four schools Mukuba is looking to visit next week are the USC Trojans, Oregon Ducks, Oklahoma Sooners, and Ole Miss Rebels.

Mukuba could play at safety or nickelback for the Longhorns next year. Texas is expected to lose senior nickel Jahdae Barron to the NFL Draft next spring. And the coaching staff has made it clear that they’re looking to upgrade at safety in the 2024 class via high school recruiting and the portal.