Texas Football: 3 portal targets who could commit this week

A busy stretch for the Texas football coaching staff in the NCAA Transfer Portal will continue this week as multiple transfers are set to visit the Forty Acres through the weekend.
Benjamin Yurosek
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Benjamin Yurosek
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Benjamin Yurosek, TE

Another key portal visitor to watch for the Longhorns at a position of need later this week is the former Stanford Cardinal grad transfer and senior tight end Benjamin Yurosek. Texas and the Georgia Bulldogs are the two schools Yurosek will visit in the next week or 10 days.

Yurosek is scheduled to be in Athens to see head coach Kirby Smart and Georgia this weekend. He doesn't have a specific date scheduled for his Texas visit. But we're expecting that date to be announced in the coming days.

Special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and the Longhorns are targeting Yurosek as a big and proven tight end with Power Five experience who can replace what they're losing at receiving tight end in All-Big 12 junior Ja'Tavion Sanders. Texas only returns junior Gunnar Helm among the players in this tight end room with proven Power Five experience in 2024.

Yurosek was among the most talented and productive tight ends in the PAC-12 when healthy in the last few seasons. The 6-foot-5 and 235-pound California native Yurosek caught over 100 passes for nearly 1,350 receiving yards and five touchdowns over essentially two and a half seasons as Stanford's top receiving tight end.

The potential duo of Yurosek and Helm would give the Longhorns that valuable combination of blocking and receiving ability when Sarkisian wants to run two tight end sets on offense in the SEC in 2024.

Another possibility regarding portal tight end targets for the Longhorns to replace Sanders is former Alabama sophomore, Amari Niblack. The 6-foot-4 and 235-pound Niblack was one of the many Alabama players who could transfer in the 30-day portal window after longtime legendary head coach Nick Saban announced his retirement last week.

On3 reported last week that Niblack intended to enter the transfer portal. But Niblack as a possibility to be Texas's answer at receiving tight end in 2024 doesn't become real until he officially enters the transfer portal this offseason.

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