Predicting Texas's next transfer after Austin Jordan

Texas has lost two upperclassmen at defensive back to the portal in as many days this week.
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Ryan Niblett, WR

We just mentioned the scholarship numbers for the Longhorns in the wide receiver room post-spring ball. Once Texas gets former Oregon State Beavers senior transfer Silas Bolden on campus in a couple of months for the start of summer workouts, the Longhorns will be up to 10 scholarship wideouts.

Since the Longhorns likely have the top group of four or five wideouts that Sarkisian plans to utilize in live-game action this coming fall, there could be a receiver or two on portal watch late this spring.

As I said with the tight end room, if any roster attrition hits the receiving corps for the Longhorns I'd expect it to be a decision made by a returning player who wants a better shot at playing time elsewhere.

Texas's only three returning wide receivers on scholarship this spring are sophomore Johntay Cook II, redshirt freshman Ryan Niblett, and redshirt freshman DeAndre Moore Jr.

Cook and Moore were both consistently getting first and second-team practice reps during spring camp. Cook is a likely candidate to start for Texas this upcoming season. Moore could also push for a starting job at slot wideout if he continues to progress at a high rate during preseason camp and summer workouts in the next few months.

That leaves Niblett as the odd man out among Texas's returning wideouts on scholarship entering the summer strength and conditioning program and fall camp.

With the four true freshmen wideouts Texas added via high school recruiting in the 2024 class, and the impact portal additions this offseason, it will be challenging for Niblett to lock down a spot on the two-deep this fall.

It goes without saying that Niblett isn't a player the Longhorns would want to lose from the receiving corps this spring. He's one of the fastest players on the team and can provide value on special teams given his speed and elusiveness.

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