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Former Houston WR Matthew Golden signs with Texas

The Longhorns needed to add a proven threat in the passing game and landed on a familiar name.

NCAA Football: Texas at Houston Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns are likely losing their top three receiving threats heading into 2024, so they needed to add experience and skill and landed both with the addition of dynamic threat Matthew Golden, who recently left the Houston Cougars to enter the NCAA transfer portal.

The decision came on an official visit to Austin over the weekend. Golden has two years of eligibility remaining.

On Early Signing Day, the Longhorns announced Golden’s addition to the program.

Golden entered the portal after Dana Holgorsen was fired and instantly became one of the top available pass catchers after missing the final three games of the 2023 season due to injury. Coming out of Klien Cain, Golden was the No. 150 player overall in the 2022 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, after racking up more than 3,200 yards and 32 touchdowns in his career.

Houston took advantage of the relatively early offer, coming in ahead of his junior campaign and landing his services for two years. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian tried to get into his recruitment late as Golden decommitted from TCU, but it wasn’t enough to land his signature.

Texas fans are likely very familiar with Golden, who was a key part of Houston’s failed comeback attempt during Big 12 play. In that contest, he pulled in seven catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns, helping bring the Cougars back from the brink.

As a freshman, the 6’0, 190-pounder recorded 38 receptions for 584 yards and seven touchdowns before battling injuries in 2023 when he caught 38 passes for 404 yards and six touchdowns.

With Xavier Worthy, Adonai Mitchell, and Jordan Whittington likely heading to the NFL ahead of the jump to the SEC, the Longhorns needed to add an experienced threat to the passing game, finding it in their former target out of Klein Cain.

While Texas has a bevy of talent in the room, Gunnar Helm and Johntay Cook are likely the returning pass catchers with the most experience, so the addition of Golden raises both the floor and the ceiling of that group significantly thanks to his game-breaking ability as a pass catcher and added value provided on kickoff returns as an explosive threat with two touchdowns on special teams with the Cougars.