Defensive back has been a position of focus in the NCAA Transfer Portal for Texas football to address this offseason. Texas has already landed one defensive back commitment via the portal in this transfer cycle in the former Clemson Tigers junior safety Andrew Mukuba.
The Longhorns appear to have their sights set on a handful of other defensive back targets in the portal, including a recent cornerback transfer from the Washington Huskies. That recent cornerback transfer that the Longhorns are targeting is the former Washington and Oklahoma State Cowboys senior Jabbar Muhammad.
Texas football has reportedly made contact with UW transfer CB Jabbar Muhammad
It was reported by Matt Zenitz of 247Sports on Jan. 12 that Muhammad officially entered the transfer
And it didn't take long for a top group of schools to emerge in this portal recruitment for Muhammad this weekend. Texas and the Oregon Ducks are among the top early contenders in the race to land Muhammad's commitment in the portal, per On3's Nick Schultz.
Texas and Oregon are reportedly among the teams that have contacted Muhammad since he entered the portal late this week.
On3's Gerry Hamilton reported on Jan. 13 that Oregon's staff is in Dallas, TX, this weekend for a visit with Muhammad.
Texas is also a potential school to watch to get a visit from Muhammad in the near future.
Texas has multiple ties to Muhammad
For multiple reasons, it makes sense that Texas is interested in Muhammad since he entered the transfer portal a little under 24 hours ago. First, Jabbar is the cousin of freshman Texas cornerback Malik Muhammad. Jabbar could theoretically use the final year of his collegiate eligibility to play with his cousin while boosting his NFL Draft stock in the process.
Another reason why Texas makes sense for Muhammad is that it is much closer to home for him. Muhammad is a native of DeSoto, TX, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Austin is just a couple of hours down I-35 from Muhammad's hometown in DFW. It is much closer to home for him at UT than in Eugene with the Ducks.
Lastly, Texas has the ability to pitch early playing time at corner to Muhammad. He's familiar with Texas, as he's faced the Longhorns multiple times over his career at Oklahoma State and Washington in the last few years.
Muhammad had a stellar outing with three pass breakups when Washington faced Texas in the College Football Playoff Semifinals game at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. He's also faced Texas twice when he was a member of Oklahoma State before he transferred to Washington last offseason.
We will continue to follow this portal recruitment for updates as more is reported on Muhammad's status in the coming days.