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Updating the Texas roster matrix and remaining targets

The Longhorns are still active in the portal and one player still has a draft decision to make, but the 2024 roster is coming into focus.

NCAA Football: Sugar Bowl-Texas at Washington John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday’s announcement from rising redshirt junior quarterback Quinn Ewers was one of the final draft decisions for the Texas Longhorns as head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff close in on the program’s spring roster and, therefore, the group the Longhorns will take into the 2024 season, the first in the SEC.

With Ewers staying, Texas is currently at 85 scholarships for the 2024 season while awaiting an announcement from senior nickel back Jahdae Barron, who has a COVID season of eligibility remaining. Since the transfer window opened, 13 players have left the program via the NCAA transfer portal with four of those players still seeking their next destination. In the 2024 recruiting class, the Longhorns signed 23 players and added three move via the transfer portal.

Here’s how the current roster matrix looks.

Roster matrix

Position 2025 class 2024 class Freshmen/Sophomores Sophomores/Junior Juniors/Seniors Redshirt/Super seniors Total
Position 2025 class 2024 class Freshmen/Sophomores Sophomores/Junior Juniors/Seniors Redshirt/Super seniors Total
QB KJ Lacey Trey Owens Arch Manning Quinn Ewers 3
RB Jerrick Gibson Cedric Baxter Jr. Jaydon Blue 6
Christian Clark Tre Wisner Savion Red
WR Freddie Dubose Ryan Niblett Matthew Golden 8
Parker Livingstone Johntay Cook
Ryan Wingo DeAndre Moore Jr.
Aaron Butler
TE Emaree Winston Jordan Washington Spencer Shannon Juan Davis 5
Will Randle Gunnar Helm
OL Daniel Cruz Jaydon Chatman Cole Hutson Hayden Conner Jake Majors 18
Nate Kibble Connor Stroh Connor Robertson Max Merril
Brandon Baker Andre Cojoe Kelvin Banks
Trevor Goosby Cam Williams
Payton Kirkland Neto Omeozulu
Malik Agbo
DJ Campbell
DL/OLB Brandon Brown Alex January Colten Vasek Justice Finkley Barryn Sorrell Vernon Broughton 20
Melvin Hills Derion Gullette J'Mond Tapp Trey Moore Alfred Collins
D'antre Robinson Sydir Mitchell Zac Swanson
Colin Simmons Billy Walton Aaron Bryant
Zina Omeuzulu Tausili Akana Jaray Bledsoe
Ethan Burke
ILB Deuce Williams Tyanthony Smith S'Maje Burrell Morice Blackwell David Gbenda 6
Liona Lefau
Anthony Hill Jr.
DB Jordon Johnson-Rubell Derek Williams Jaylon Guilbeau Gavin Holmes Jahdae Barron 16
Santana Wilson Malik Muhammad Austin Jordan Michael Taaffe
Wardell Mack Jelani McDonald Terrance Brooks Andrew Mukuba
Xavier Filsaime Warren Roberson
Kobe Black
K/P/DS Michael Kern Will Stone 3
Lance St. Louis 85
In transfer portal Portal commits
Edge Kris Ross X'Avion Brice (UNT)
S Jerrin Thompson BJ Allen (UNT)
S Kitan Crawford Larry Turner-Gooden (SJSU)
QB Charles Wright Maalik Murphy (Duke)
Casey Cain (UNLV)
WR Isaiah Neyor (Nebraska)
OL/DL Sawyer Goram-Welch (Coastal Carolina)
Jalen Catalon (UNLV)
DT Trill Carter (Auburn)

With expected attrition of three to five players following spring practice, which officially concludes with the annual Orange-White game on April 20, the Longhorns have approximately that many open spots. Fortunately for Sarkisian and company, that happens to coincide with the number of remaining needs — wide receiver, possibly two if consensus five-star prospect Ryan Williams picks Texas, tight end, defensive tackle, and linebacker with wide receiver and defensive tackle the main priorities.

The only one of those positions that doesn’t feature a clear target is tight end, arguably the lowest priority.

Wide receiver, on the other hand, is much more fluid as the staff pursues Williams, hosted Liberty transfer CJ Daniels last weekend, and is expected to host Oregon State transfer Silas Bolden and Alabama transfer Isaiah Bond this weekend. Things could move quickly enough with Bond that Bolden cancels his trip to Austin and Daniels heads elsewhere.

At defensive tackle, the Longhorns reportedly hosted Cougars transfer Jamaree Caldwell along with Daniels and seem like the leader with some timetable pressure on Caldwell to make a decision in the next several days with classes for the spring semester starting on Tuesday.

Alabama transfer linebacker Kendrick Blackshire also planned to take a visit to Austin this weekend and is also heading to Oxford to see Ole Miss with some potential fluidity to his plans, as well.

Expect an exciting and news-filled holiday weekend, then, as the final pieces of the roster come together ahead of winter conditioning starting.