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Texas a finalist for former top-ranked WR Demetris Robertson ahead of decision

The Longhorns are one of four teams awaiting an upcoming announcement from Cal wide receiver transfer Demetris Robertson.

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The Texas Longhorns are in the market for premier talent on the transfer market, and those efforts may pay off in the coming days.

On Friday, Chimin’In media announced that former top-ranked wide receiver Demetris Robertson, who recently announced his transfer from California due to “personal matter,” will choose between Texas, Georgia, Alabama, and West Virginia on Saturday, July 14.

A five-star prospect from the 2016 class, Robertson was dubbed as the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver and as the No. 13 prospect nationally, per the 247Sports Composite. Prior to siding with Cal, Robertson was once an Alabama commit, and after reopening his recruitment in April 2015, the Savannah (Ga.) Christian Prep product gave the home-state Bulldogs a serious look.

With that in mind, along with the fact that there’s been virtually no public buzz linking Robertson to the Longhorns, it would be fairly surprising if Texas was the pick next Saturday. Furthermore, if Texas isn’t the pick at this moment, it won’t be on July 14, as Robertson has already made his decision.

The Longhorns did strike gold on the transfer market earlier this offseason in the form of former Cal running back Tre Watson, so if Texas does happen to be the pick in the coming days, it may very well be because Watson has been doing some recruiting of his own behind the scenes. However, it doesn’t appear that adding Robertson to the rotation is news that the ‘Horns are expected to receive on Saturday.

Per transfer rules, Robertson will be required to sit out the 2018 season at the school of his choice. In two seasons at Cal, Robertson hauled in 57 receptions for 837 yards and seven touchdowns, but he missed most of the 2017 campaign with a lower-body injury.