Max Merril, OL
Something that many of the portal entrants for the Longhorns in the last year or so have in common is the coaches they were recruited to Texas by. Texas’s portal departures this week are comprised of a significant number of Tom Herman-era recruits.
Goram-Welch and Cain were Herman-era recruits among the Longhorns players who entered the portal this week. Multiple Herman-era recruits were among the double-digit players the Longhorns lost to the portal last offseason, too.
Davis and redshirt sophomore interior offensive lineman Max Merril are two other Herman-era recruits for the Longhorns who haven’t made significant progress on the depth chart in the last few years. Like Davis, Merril has been passed up on the depth chart at his position group by younger recruits during the Sark era in the last couple of years.
Although, Merril hasn’t played a single live-game snap along the offensive line for the Longhorns during his three years in Austin. The 6-foot-4 and 295-pound offensive guard has been passed up on the depth chart consistently by younger interior offensive linemen after offensive line coach Kyle Flood signed two straight deep recruiting classes in the trenches.
Regarding the ability to earn playing time in college, Merril will probably have to look in the portal for a bigger role elsewhere since he hasn’t gotten any opportunities to get on the field in live-game action at Texas in the last three years.