Texas Football: 3 possible Michigan transfers UT should target

It would be wise for Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian to address some more positional needs via the transfer portal if some key players leave the Michigan Wolverines in the coming days.

Mason Graham
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Mason Graham
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Mason Graham, DL

If Texas had its choosing of any Michigan defensive tackle among the players who still have collegiate eligibility left, the obvious choice would be the sophomore and All-American Mason Graham. The 6-foot-3 and 320-pound sophomore stud emerged as one of the best defensive tackles in the nation last season.

A defensive tackle of Graham's caliber would make an immediate splash for the Longhorns in the trenches in the SEC in 2024. He was a force to be reckoned with all season long. But two relevant games where he really stood out was in Michigan's wins over Alabama and Washington in the College Football Playoff.

Graham registered one tackle for loss, five defensive stops, seven quarterback pressures, and eight combined tackles as he wrecked shop in Michigan's two playoff games.

Chris Hummer of 247Sports listed Graham and Grant among the half-dozen players that Michigan "can't afford to lose" after Harbaugh's departures this offseason. He tabbed Graham and Grant as the best returning interior defensive line duo in the nation for the upcoming season.

And Graham would probably be considered among the two or three most valuable players for the new Michigan head coach (yet to be named) to retain this offseason.

Yet, if Graham were to hypothetically test the waters in the transfer portal this offseason, Texas would be a school where he could contend for another title while joining a talented defensive line rotation as the headliner in 2024. He could be the next in line to star along the defensive line on the Forty Acres after the departure of Byron Murphy II and T'Vondre Sweat this offseason.