Texas football has found a new group of targets to watch in the NCAA Transfer Portal this week. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian are focusing on a few key positional needs in the transfer portal in the early stages of the 2024 offseason.
Among the positional needs the Longhorns are looking to address in the portal are defensive line, defensive back, and wide receiver. Tight end and linebacker are also two positions to watch for the Longhorns in the portal if the right players surface on the transfer market.
Texas football reportedly hosting a new portal visitor target, WR CJ Daniels
A new transfer target for the Longhorns visiting Austin this weekend is the former Liberty Flames redshirt junior wide receiver CJ Daniels. Multiple reports, including from Horns247 on Jan. 6, noted that Daniels was "expected" to visit Texas this weekend.
Daniels arrived in Austin for a visit on Jan. 7.
Bobby Burton reported on Jan. 6 that Daniels was also "expected to visit" the Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers.
Oregon has been active in the transfer portal since the December window opened on Dec. 4. Daniels also has a connection to Auburn, as head coach Hugh Freeze was his coach at Liberty a couple of years ago.
Texas still looking to add an impact wideout via the transfer portal
Daniels is the first wide receiver transfer target to visit Texas since the Longhorns added a commitment in the portal from the former Houston Cougars sophomore Matthew Golden.
Sark and wide receivers coach Chris Jackson already lost two starters to the NFL Draft this offseason, redshirt senior Jordan Whittington and junior Xavier Worthy. Junior wide receiver Adonai Mitchell still has a looming NFL Draft decision early this offseason.
Texas's staff has worked on retention efforts with Mitchell in the last week or so. But the initial expectation when Mitchell arrived at Texas via the portal last offseason was that he would stay on the 40 for one year and then declare for the 2024 NFL Draft.
Daniels is an experienced wideout who broke onto the scene at Liberty in 2023
The 6-foot and 170-pound Daniels broke out in a major way for the Flames during the 2023 campaign. Daniels registered the first 1,000-receiving yard season of his collegiate career, hauling in 55 catches for 1,067 yards and 10 touchdown catches.
He was the only wideout in the Conference-USA with at least 1,000 receiving yards and double-digit touchdown catches during the 2023 season.