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

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Trey Moore. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports
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Trey Moore, EDGE

The first portal visitor the Longhorns are expecting this weekend is the former UTSA Roadrunners All-AAC First-Team edge rusher and redshirt sophomore Trey Moore. The American Athletic Conference’s sack leader this season has proven to be an immediate priority in the portal for the Longhorns’ coaching staff.

Texas moved quickly in this portal recruitment for Moore after he announced his intentions to transfer on Dec. 5. The Longhorns were quickly mentioned among the top schools in the running for Moore, among others, including the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers after he entered the portal a few days ago.

Texas appears to be in a great spot to win this portal recruitment if the visit goes well for Moore this weekend. Multiple reporters have forecasted Moore’s commitment to the Longhorns out of the portal.

If Texas hypothetically secured a portal commitment from Moore, he would be a big addition who would help Texas’s pass rush next season. Moore is a gifted and extremely productive pass rusher during the last two seasons at UTSA. Since the 2022 campaign, Moore has registered over 35 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, and over 75 quarterback pressures.

The defensive staff is clearly prioritizing upgrading the EDGE position in 2024. Texas already has a strong class at EDGE for the 2024 cycle from the high school ranks, namely with the elite five-star Duncanville EDGE commit Colin Simmons. Texas is also expected to get two starters back at EDGE next season: sophomore Ethan Burke and junior Barryn Sorrell.