Texas the 'team to beat' for Oregon St transfer Jordan Pope

Texas basketball and Rodney Terry looking at a fourth impact transfer pickup during a visit tomorrow.
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Texas basketball and head coach Rodney Terry had as big of a weekend as any program regarding commitments from the NCAA Transfer Portal. Amid hosting a few portal visitors in Austin on April 13 and 14, Texas landed commitments from three transfer targets in the span of just a few hours late last weekend.

Texas basketball leading for Oregon State G transfer Jordan Pope?

If you thought Terry and the Longhorns were slowing down in the portal after getting three immediate impact transfer commitments, think again. Texas still has a couple of visitors lined up for this week/the upcoming weekend.

Texas is keeping its foot on the gas with its next portal visitor this week, former Oregon State Beavers sophomore guard Jordan Pope. Despite adding commitments from two key transfer guards in the portal last weekend, Arkansas redshirt junior Tramon Mark and Indiana State redshirt junior Julian Larry, Pope is still on the Longhorns' radar as a key transfer target.

The former Pac-12 All-Freshman guard has two visits lined up in the state of Texas this week. He visits Texas on April 16 and the Texas A&M Aggies on April 18.

Momentum is going to be key with this portal recruitment. Texas could easily be considered the team on the biggest streak in portal recruiting early in the spring window. A report from 247Sports' Eric Bossi on April 15 (paid content) indicates Texas is "emerging as the team to beat" for Pope entering the two official visits to see the Longhorns and Aggies this week.

It's also worth noting that Texas getting the first visit here could be huge. Given Terry's proven ability to close the deal with top portal targets during their official visits on campus in the last 12 months, we could see Texas continue to add to its already impressive portal haul if they can seal the deal with Pope in the next 48 hours or so.

Pope among Texas's top remaining priorities in the portal

What's next for Texas in the portal after landing three impact transfers on April 14 is a couple of key visits with two top targets later this week. After Pope's April 16 official visit, Texas is expected to host another key transfer target at a position of need, former Oklahoma State Cowboys freshman center Brandon Garrison.

Garrison is expected to visit during Texas's spring football game this weekend (April 20) at DKR. Texas was one of Garrison's top three schools in his recruitment out of high school in the 2023 cycle before committing to Oklahoma State.

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