Texas Head Coach Steve Sarkisian was recently asked about the Longhorns’ scholarship situation with the 2022 talent acquisition round currently set to bless the program with 33 top-notch prospects (28 high school signers and five FBS transfers) sorted shutter by Sarkisian and Co. with a goal of making last season’s 5-7 campaign a distant memory in the not too distant future. Even with the NCAA allowing a one-year exception for FBS programs to replace seven outbound transfers with an additional initial counter (anyone receiving financial aid for the first time who is not a walk-on) has been added to the typical allotment of one year. of 25 (counter may be a high school or college signee or transfer from a four-year college) and the Longhorns able to bring back a purse at the 2021 count, the addition of the former Alabama wide receiver Agiye Hall should put Texas up to 32 initial counters.
That said, when he presented those numbers at a post-training press conference on April 21, Sarkisian expressed no concern that the Longhorns could find themselves in a bind.
“I don’t know how you count,” Sarkisian replied to the reporter who asked the question, “but we are in a good position to bring in players (point of view). We are doing well.
When trying to figure out where Texas stands numbers-wise, it’s best to go back to Sarkisian’s comments about the numbers situation on National Signing Day in February. The numbers he cited seemed very high at the time, but with staff remaining active in recruiting through the transfer portal, the Longhorns are not shy about aiming high.
“I think 35, 36 is a realistic number for us. This does not mean that we have to arrive at this number, but we are assigned to this number.
With Sarkisian unfazed by potentially exceeding the initial meter limit, the next concern for the numbers becomes whether to exceed the 85-man scholarship limit when the 18 remaining high school and Hall signatories arrive on campus in June. Those concerns were eased in the days following the spring game with six members of the program – the redshirt freshman defensemen David Abiara and Jordan Thomassecond-year wide receiver Kelvontay Dixonredshirt freshman wide receiver Dajon Harrisonsecond running back Jaden Hullaby and junior defensive tackle Myron Warren – entering the NCAA transfer portal from Friday.
Not only does Texas need to make sure it doesn’t exceed 85 active scholarships at any given time, anyone wishing to use its one-time transfer exception for immediate eligibility in the fall needs to be in the transfer portal before the deadline. of May 1. With the six Portal entries, five of which had their names appear as official entrants on Friday, the Longhorns are eligible for 85 scholarships — 66 scholarship players remaining on the spring training roster and the 19 newcomers on the way.
Nevertheless, the reason the Sarkisian regime continues to look for help in the transfer portal to fill the gaps is that there seem to be more scholarships available as the dust settles.
Chip Brown of Horns247 reported in Thursday’s edition of The insider that junior offensive lineman Isaiah Hookfin is heading for medical retirement, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Hookfin, a four-star prospect (No. 250 overall in the 247Sports Composite) in 2019, has battled injuries throughout his career, but a motorcycle accident in December that resulted in Hookfin, by his own admission, suffering eight broken ribs, a broken collarbone, broken forearm and a lacerated spleen could be what ended his playing career.
Texas finished the spring with two defensive backs – redshirt freshman Ishmael Ibrahim and genuine registered in the spring of first year Jaylon Guilbeau — suspended for violation of team rules. While Guilbeau was on the sidelines wearing a jersey top for the spring game, Ibraheem did not participate in drills, but there was no update from Sarkisian on the long-term status of one. either of the players apart from confirming the initial suspensions.
There’s also the possibility that a portal entry will surface before Sunday’s deadline. Anyway, Sarkisian didn’t publicly sweat the numbers because the numbers are coming in for the Longhorns at the end of the day.