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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Amari Niblack
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Amari Niblack, TE

Former Alabama sophomore Amari Niblack is the other of the two receiving tight ends the Longhorns are targeting in the transfer portal early this offseason.

Texas can now get in contact with Niblack after he officially entered the transfer portal on Jan. 16. There was a waiting game for a bit to see if Niblack would actually enter the portal after his intentions to transfer were reported late last week.

Niblack would be a tremendous fit in Sarkisian's offense as the top receiving tight end target. The 6-foot-4 and 235-pound Florida native Niblack has the combination of elite athleticisim at the tight end position, large catch radius, and yards after the catch ability that truly makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses.

He often flashed the ability to generate big plays downfield, either by getting down the seams or getting separation on the outside by using that big frame to bring down contested catches. Niblack scored on a deep 39-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jalen Milroe for Alabama in their double-digit loss to Texas in Week 2 in Tuscaloosa last season.

NIblack's ability to generate explosive plays as a downfield threat would be why I would personally prefer to take him as Texas's next top receiving tight end over Yurosek. But Texas would be in a great spot either way.