Matthew Golden, WR
The first transfer addition to the receiving corps for Sarkisian, wide receivers coach Chris Jackson, and the Longhorns during the winter portal window was the former Houston Cougars sophomore wideout Matthew Golden.
Golden is one of three portal wideouts Sarkisian, Jackson, and the Longhorns added to reload the receiving corps after they lost all three starters from last year's group. He is expected to be an immediate impact starter who can add explosiveness, versatility, and physicality to the receiving corps in 2024.
Sarkisian likes the experience and physicality that Golden brings to the offense and the receiving corps.
"Matthew Golden and Andrew Mukuba, experienced players. Mukuba, a three-year player at Clemson. Golden, a two-year player at Houston. Very productive players. Have played a lot of football. When you get to visit with them and talk to them, they’re made of the right stuff. They fit in pretty seamlessly for us."
Golden is the very definition of the type of wideout who can play "positionless" football for Sarkisian and the Longhorns in this offensive scheme. He has the size, verticality, and strong hands to be a threat on the boundary. But you can also slide Golden to play inside out of the slot, where he utilizes his tight route running and agility to effectively work in tight windows between the numbers.
As one of the two most productive wide receivers at the collegiate level in this receiving corps for the upcoming 2024 season, I expect a career year from Golden during his junior campaign. This is a contract year for Golden, who is looking to take his talents to the NFL Draft in 2025 if he can have a big showing this season for the Longhorns.