Predicting Texas's next transfer after LB S'Maje Burrell

Texas football still has a couple of positional needs to address in the portal this spring, along with being three players above the scholarship limit of 85.
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On April 10, it was announced by Texas football via head coach Steve Sarkisian that redshirt freshman linebacker S'Maje Burrell is indefinitely suspended from the program. In a move that isn't too shocking, Burrell entered the NCAA Transfer Portal roughly 24 hours after it was announced that he was no longer with the program.

Texas football suffers its first roster attrition of spring camp

Burrell is the first departure from the Texas program this spring. His departure brings Texas down to 88 scholarship players on the roster with roughly one week remaining in spring ball. That puts the Longhorns three players over the scholarship limit of 85 eight days before the Orange-White spring football game on April 20.

Before the spring game next weekend, more roster attrition is all but certain for the Longhorns. Since the spring transfer portal window opens on April 15, teams can officially start pursuing underclassmen for visits for 45 days.

Here's a prediction of the Longhorns' next transfer departure a few days out from the 45-day spring portal window.

Savion Red, RB

Texas's depth in the running back room is among the best of any position group on either side of the ball this spring. Tashard Choice and the Longhorns go at least five deep among scholarship players in the running back room who have impressed so far in spring practice.

Sophomore CJ Baxter Jr. and junior Jaydon Blue highlight the top duo of running backs for Texas. Sophomore Tre Wisner and true freshman early enrollees Christian Clark and Jerrick Gibson have also given the Longhorns some quality practice and scrimmage reps in the last few weeks in camp.

The depth in Texas's backfield this spring could be a factor leading to attrition for this position group during the upcoming portal window for players who want a chance at more playing time elsewhere. This strong depth and the addition of young standouts to the running back room like Clark and Gibson this offseason have added some competition for junior Savion Red to move up the depth chart.

This position group looks like a prime example of how the Longhorns could lose a quality player they don't want to see leave the program due to the 85-player scholarship limit exiting spring ball. The 5-foot-10, 240-pound Red is a bulldozer for Texas who can be utilized in multiple ways.

Red is Texas's most versatile playmaker in the running back room this spring. He's played as a Wildcat quarterback in the "Red-Cat" package last season, along with getting reps as a short-yardage back on third downs and in goal line packages.