Texas Football: Predicting UT's next portal commit after big transfer haul

Texas football landed two more portal commitments on Jan. 16 to bring their total up to six early this offseason. Steve Sarkisian and staff are still targeting tight end, defensive back, and defensive line transfers to upgrade the roster in 2024.
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Texas football is on fire recruiting in the NCAA Transfer Portal early this offseason. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian secured three portal commitments in as many days between Jan. 14 and 16.

Coming out of a big portal visitor weekend, Sarkisian and staff made a big move by securing a commitment from the former Alabama Crimson Tide standout sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Bond. Alabama's leader in receptions from last season is a huge portal addition for the Longhorns to reload the receiving corps. Bond committed to Texas on Jan. 14.

Can Texas football stay hot recruiting in the transfer portal?

Texas continued to do good work in the portal, landing a couple of key transfer targets just a couple of days after Bond's commitment. On Jan. 16, Texas secured a couple of portal commitments just hours apart from each other.

Those two transfer commitments on Jan. 16 were the former Oregon State Beavers redshirt junior wide receiver Silas Bolden and Alabama junior linebacker Kendrick Blackshire.

Benjamin Yurosek, TE

Among the portal visitors who are expected at Texas in the near future, former Stanford Cardinal senior transfer tight end Benjamin Yurosek is definitely one to watch. Yurosek will visit two big-time SEC programs, Texas and the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Georgia visit is scheduled to take place this weekend. And the Texas visit dates have yet to be determined. But I would expect the visit date for Yurosek to see Texas to be set very shortly since he is already visiting Georgia this weekend.

Yurosek is one of the portal tight ends that special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Jeff Banks and the Longhorns are targeting to replace All-Big 12 junior Ja'Tavion Sanders. Texas is losing its top receiving tight end, Sanders, to the NFL Draft this spring and there aren't any clear and proven options to replace him.

As one of the top receiving tight ends in the PAC-12 in the last few seasons, registering over 100 career catches for nearly 1,350 receiving yards and five touchdowns, Yurosek is a good option to fill Sanders' spot.