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Texas reportedly in contention for Michigan graduate transfer WR Tarik Black

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Once a highly-touted recruit, Black had his career in Ann Arbor derailed in large part by foot injuries.

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Following the departures of Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay, the Texas Longhorns are evaluating potential graduate transfer targets, including former Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Tarik Black.

According to Brian Dohn of 247Sports, Arizona State, Boston College, Miami, and Virginia are other programs that “appear to be in contention” for Black, who entered the NCAA transfer portal back in December. As a third-year player who only participated in three games as a freshman, Black will be eligible immediately following his graduation and could apply for a medical waiver to continue his college football career in 2021.

Ranked as the No. 116 prospect in the 2017 class out of Connecticut, Black had over 30 offers before choosing Michigan and making an early impact by starting the first three games of his career and totaling 137 yards and a touchdown before a foot injury ended his season.

Another foot injury limited Black to the final six games of the 2018 season, during which he made only four receptions for 35 yards. Finally healthy again as a junior, Black was a part-time starter who finished fourth on the team in receptions and receiving yards with 25 catches for 323 yards. Then he opted to transfer before the bowl game.

As a big-bodied wide receiver listed at 6’3 and 215 pounds, Black fits the mold of what Texas would need from a graduate transfer at the position — someone capable of playing outside at the X or Z positions.

The question is whether Black still has enough upside as a potential two-year graduate transfer to make it worthwhile for Texas to take away practice repetitions from younger players who are less proven but also have less bust potential as a result.

In watching Black’s limited highlights, the biggest plays of his career came on coverage busts, including one of his two career touchdowns when the opposing defensive back just fell down early in his route. So that’s a little bit concerning.

And it’s also the case that none of the Texas coaches or support staff follow Black on Twitter, which reads like an indication that any mutual interest between the former Wolverines wide receiver and the Longhorns is still in the early stages.