Texas Football: Predicting UT's first portal commit of 2024

Bryson Rodgers, Texas football
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During the December window, Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian added commitments among players from the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Texas added portal commitments last month from the former Houston Cougars sophomore wide receiver Matthew Golden, Clemson Tigers junior safety Andrew Mukuba, and UTSA Roadrunners redshirt sophomore edge rusher Trey Moore.

The Longhorns signed all three portal commitments they added during the December window in the Early Signing Period a couple of weeks ago.

Who will be the first portal player to commit to Texas football in 2024?

Sark and the Longhorns staff addressed multiple needs positionally with immediate impact starters via the transfer portal with the three players they added during the December window. Texas has done a nice job of upgrading the roster with high-caliber players while

With the 2023 season in the books, the Longhorns turn the focus back to roster management heading into the 2024 offseason. Texas will continue to be diligent with their evaluations in the portal. But there are a few remaining positional needs the Longhorns are looking to address via the portal in the coming weeks.

Here's a prediction of the first portal commit for the Longhorns of the new year in 2024.

Bryson Rodgers, WR

A portal wide receiver that the Longhorns have reportedly kicked the tires on is the former Ohio State Buckeyes true freshman and ex-blue-chip recruit Bryson Rodgers. The first reports of Rodgers' intentions to enter the transfer portal surfaced on Dec. 31.

Rogers then announced on his Twitter/X account on Jan. 2 that he had officially entered the transfer portal.

Texas targeted Rodgers during his recruitment out of high school in the 2023 class. The Longhorns offered Rodgers late in the spring of 2022 when he was already committed to Ohio State.

Rodgers is an agile and technically-sound 6-foot-2 and 185-pound receiver who could add depth and long-term upside to Texas's wide receiver room. But it sounds like Texas is still in the early stages of this evaluation of Rodgers in the portal.

Inside Texas reported on Jan. 3 (paid content) that this evaluation of Rodgers was more of a "due diligence" by the Longhorns staff than anything else. We'll know more if Texas plans to make a serious run at Rodgers in the portal if an offer becomes public or if they pick up the communication with him in the coming days and weeks.

Wide receiver continues to be a priority for the Longhorns staff with high school recruiting in the 2024 class and the transfer portal. Texas will continue to evaluate portal wideouts as they surface early this offseason.

Texas also hosts the elite five-star Saraland (AL) wide receiver and Alabama Crimson Tide commit Ryan Williams for an official visit on Jan. 27. Williams is Texas's top priority with wide receiver recruiting early this offseason.