Earlier this week, Texas football got the winter strength and conditioning program underway. Jan. 23 was the first day of winter workouts for strength and conditioning coach Torre Becton and the team, which signals the first major phase of the 2024 offseason for Texas.
Head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Longhorns staff welcomed nearly two-dozen new enrollees for the spring semester, all of which are participating in winter workouts.
Texas football has reloaded the WR corps with portal additions like Matthew Golden
A good portion of the new enrollees for the Longhorns for the spring semester arrived via the NCAA Transfer Portal. And one of the most impactful portal additions for the Longhorns early this offseason is the former Houston Cougars sophomore wide receiver Matthew Golden.
Golden was one of three immediate impact wideouts the Longhorns got from the portal in this transfer cycle. He was the first transfer wideout to commit to the Longhorns, beginning the process of Sarkisian reloading the receiving corps via the portal in 2024.
Golden had high expectations of locking down a starting job entering spring ball in the receiving corps for the Longhorns.
Golden making an immediate impression
It doesn't sound like Golden has wasted much time making an impression on the coaching staff and his teammates since he arrived on campus this semester a couple of weeks ago. Inside Texas reported on Jan. 26 (paid content) that Golden has "stood out" since he arrived as a spring enrollee.
Golden reportedly has shown a "business-like" mentality to get down to work right away with the program.
This is big for the Longhorns to get these big-time portal additions in the receiving corps, such as Golden and former Alabama Crimson Tide sophomore standout Isaiah Bond, ingratiated in with the culture of the program so quickly.
Texas needs these impactful transfer wideouts to step up and be that next wave of leaders in the receiving corps this offseason.
The Longhorns lost some key leaders in the receiving corps, with all three starters entering the NFL Draft this spring. Most notably, Texas lost multi-year starters and key upperclassman leaders at wideout this offseason in junior Xavier Worthy and redshirt senior Jordan Whittington.
Wideout remains a position of strength at Texas
Texas started to shift the culture and direction of the program under Sarkisian in the last few years. And it sounds like the impact of the Texas leaders who stepped up in the last two or three seasons has carried on with the players currently in the program.
Texas has the locker room in a good place from all indications early this offseason upon the move to the SEC this upcoming season.