Texas Football: Predicting Longhorns first portal commitment this month

Trey Moore (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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Texas football coaches are busy on the recruiting trail, visiting various top recruits on in-home trips this month. Texas is also set to host multiple blue-chip recruits and NCAA Transfer Portal targets from the 2024 class this weekend before signing day arrives on Dec. 20.

High school recruiting is a bit more pressure for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff at the moment. With signing day less than 10 days away, Texas needs to put the finishing touches on the 2024 class regarding high school recruiting.

Who will be the first transfer to commit to Texas football in the December portal window?

While transfer portal recruiting is lower on the priority list at this very moment than high school recruiting, it is still a big item on Texas coaches’ laundry list this week. Texas is hosting multiple visitors among portal targets this week.

And with more and more players entering the transfer portal every day during the December window, Texas continues to evaluate potential targets at positions of need.

Texas’s staff is being judicious with their process of scouting and offering players in the transfer portal early in the December window. The bulk of this portal class will take at least a few weeks to a couple of months to build while the staff also finishes the 2024 class from the high school ranks on a high note and prepares for the College Football Playoff.

But it probably won’t be long before Texas at least gets its first portal commitment of this December window. Here’s a prediction of the Longhorns’ first portal commit in the December window.

Trey Moore, EDGE

The first portal visitor the Longhorns hosted was last weekend when the former UTSA Roadrunners redshirt sophomore edge rusher and first-team All-AAC selection Trey Moore made the short trip from San Antonio to Austin. Texas is the first school that Moore has visited.

And the early returns from Moore’s trip to the Forty Acres last weekend are positive. Horns247 reported on Dec. 11 (paid content) that Moore’s visit to Texas last weekend “went well”. Texas reportedly remains the leader in this portal recruitment roughly 48 hours following the conclusion of Moore’s visit to Texas.

Something to watch with Moore is the potential of him taking a visit this week to see defensive line coach Larry Johnson and the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. Various reports in the last few days have noted the possibility of Moore visiting Columbus this week.

Moore is reportedly looking to have his portal recruitment “wrapped up by the end of next weekend”. That could give Ohio State the opportunity to get the final in-person visit from Moore before he makes his decision.

Texas looks like the favorite right now with Moore with Ohio State within striking distance upon his visit to Columbus this week.