Texas football added its first commitment of the December window from the NCAA Transfer Portal on Dec. 16 at a key position of need in the former Houston Cougars standout sophomore wide receiver Matthew Golden. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and wide receivers coach Chris Jackson landed Golden's commitment from the portal while he was in the midst of a visit to Austin this weekend.
Sark and the Longhorns made it known that wide receiver was a big priority to address in the transfer portal heading into the offseason. Texas is expected to need to replace all three starters in the receiving corps. Junior field receiver Xavier Worthy, junior boundary receiver Adonai Mitchell, and redshirt senior slot receiver Jordan Whittington are all expected to enter the NFL Draft next spring.
Who will be the next portal commit for Texas football after Matthew Golden on Dec. 16?
Golden gives the Longhorns an immediate impact starter in the receiving corps who can help replace Worthy at the field spot or Whittington in the slot. Texas also has true freshman Johntay Cook II, who can either play slot or field receiver next season.
Other key positions of need for the Longhorns in the portal entering the offseason are edge rusher, defensive tackle, defensive back, and tight end. Texas is also expected to add another wide receiver in the 2024 class, likely via the transfer portal, after landing Golden's commitment on Dec. 16.
Here's a prediction of the next transfer addition for the Longhorns after landing Golden this weekend.
Trey Moore, EDGE
There are two obvious choices regarding who the Longhorns could add via the transfer portal at a position of need after landing Golden on Dec. 16. Those obvious options are the two other portal visitors the Longhorns have hosted on the 40 since last weekend.
The first portal visitor the Longhorns hosted in the December window was the former UTSA Roadrunners redshirt sophomore edge rusher and the AAC sack leader Trey Moore. The 2023 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year took a multi-day visit to Austin, making the short trip from San Antonio, last weekend.
Moore is considering Texas and the Ohio State Buckeyes among his top two schools in this portal recruitment. It was expected that he would be on campus in Columbus for an official visit to Ohio State this week.
Another school to watch that recently got in on Moore's portal recruitment is the Alabama Crimson Tide. 247Sports reported on Dec. 15 that Moore visited Tuscaloosa late this week.
Texas is still in a good spot for Moore. But Ohio State and Alabama are both schools to watch that are prioritizing Moore in the portal.