Predicting Texas's next transfer commit after Jermayne Lole

Texas is well into double-digits with portal commitments in this class after landing Jermayne Lole on Thursday.
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Mikal Harrison-Pilot, WR

Texas filled a need in the portal this spring by adding an immediate impact transfer corner with former San Jose State Spartans sophomore Jay'Vion Cole committing to the Longhorns this week. Cole gives the Longhorns their answer at field corner after the departure of junior Terrance Brooks to the transfer portal a few weeks ago.

While the Longhorns filled a need with Cole at field corner this spring, it sounds like the staff could still be in the market for quality defensive backs. Texas has a solid group of defensive backs expected to start in the secondary this upcoming season. But the Longhorns have lost a lot of secondary depth to the portal this offseason.

Another former blue-chip recruit that the Longhorns pursued in the 2023 class who is now in the transfer portal this spring is former Houston Cougars freshman wide receiver Mikal Harrison-Pilot.

The former four-star recruit from Temple High School in Temple, TX, played his true freshman campaign at Houston. Harrison-Pilot entered the transfer portal a few months after Houston fired former head coach Dana Holgorsen following the conclusion of the 2023 season.

Part of the reason Harrison-Pilot chose Houston over Texas when he committed to the Cougars out of high school was the fact that he could play wideout for them. Texas liked Harrison-Pilot more as a defensive back than a wideout since he was labeled by most of the major recruiting services as an athlete during his recruitment.

This offseason, though, Harrison-Pilot announced that he was moving from wide receiver to defensive back. I could only assume that if Harrison-Pilot was announcing this move from wideout to defensive back, that he is garnering a good amount of interest at that position in the portal this spring.

It would be interesting to see if the Longhorns would now entertain the possibility of adding Harrison-Pilot to the secondary after the position change this spring. He certainly has the talent and potential Texas wants as a versatile DB who can be cross-trained and developed for multiple years on the Forty Acres.