Isaiah Bond, WR*
The biggest need head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns are looking to fill on the offensive side of the ball in the transfer portal early this offseason is at wide receiver. Texas is seeking a second impact wideout in the portal this offseason to help replenish this receiving corps that loses every starter to the NFL Draft this spring.
Sarkisian, wide receivers coach Chris Jackson, and the Longhorns already added one portal wideout in this transfer cycle during the December window. Former Houston Cougars sophomore wide receiver Matthew Golden was the first immediate impact portal commit the Longhorns signed for 2024.
If sophomore standout Alabama wide receiver Isaiah Bond decided to enter the transfer portal early this offseason, after the news of Saban's retirement, he would likely be another immediate impact player the Longhorns would prioritize.
Bond has relationships with some of the coaches on the Texas staff, including Sarkisian. Texas targeted him among their top wideout/athlete offers in the 2022 class. He also officially visited Texas during the 2021 offseason.
Regarding the fit at Texas, Bond's skill set and physical profile as a speedy 5-foot-11 and 185-pound wideout would be great in Sarkisian's offensive scheme. Bond could play slot or field receiver. He can also stretch the field as a deep threat on the outside.
Something else to note here is that Alabama lost fifth-year wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins to the co-OC/WR coaching vacancy with the Texas A&M Aggies this offseason. Wiggins was one of the coaches that recruited and developed Bond at Alabama in the last few years.