Predicting Texas's next transfer commit after Jay'Vion Cole

Texas is still in the market for a defensive tackle in the portal late this spring.
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Danny Saili, DL

A late-spring transfer portal entry who could fill depth as a big body at nose tackle for the Longhorns this upcoming season in the SEC is former BYU Cougars defensive tackle signee Danny Saili.

Saili had flipped his commitment from the Texas Tech Red Raiders to BYU around signing day 2023 and enrolled early with the Cougars in January. The enormous 6-foot-3 and 355-pound defensive lineman from Topeka, KS, entered the portal after going through spring camp with BYU on April 30.

Before Saili even got to BYU, he was committed to two other schools. The aforementioned pledge to Texas Tech came after he decommitted from Oklahoma last fall. That is something to watch with Saili's recruitment that he has been committed to three schools, including one that he signed with, in the last six or seven months since last fall.

But there are some other reasons that Texas could consider kicking the tires on a potential transfer target at a position of need at defensive tackle like Saili late this spring. Besides the obvious that Texas needs more size and depth up front, there are other connections between Saili and Texas.

New Texas co-DC/LB coach Johnny Nansen offered Saili while he was Arizona's defensive coordinator last fall. Nansen has already brought two defensive tackle transfers with him from Arizona, seniors Tia Savea and Norton. It's not out of the question that he could tap into another past connection from his time at Arizona to help fill a positional need at defensive tackle this spring.

This weekend, Saili is scheduled to visit Arkansas. He has also received offers from Arizona and the Houston Cougars.

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