It sounds like we’ll likely get a decision in the next few days from what appears to be the biggest target for Texan football on the NCAA transfer portal right now. FCS All-American and former James Madison Dukes senior grade transfer linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey is expected to announce his decision by the end of the upcoming holiday weekend.
And considering Tucker-Dorsey has only made two official visits at this point in his transfer process, the Longhorns seem to be in a very good place with him at the moment.
Texas and the UCF Knights were the only two programs to receive official visits from Tucker-Dorsey since his name appeared on the transfer portal a few weeks ago. And that would suggest, among multiple reports, that Tucker-Dorsey is very likely just choosing between those two schools.
If he were considering other potential landing spots outside of the portal, that decision probably wouldn’t come as soon as it is.
Multiple reports over the past week or so have indicated that Tucker-Dorsey expected to make a decision by the upcoming bank holiday weekend. Essentially, this set his decision timetable just before summer training sessions began on the college football landscape.
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Additionally, we have a different feel with this transfer target than other defensive portal players from this offseason. Texas gets more traction with Tucker-Dorsey compared to most other portal targets like edge rushers Drew Sanders and Jared Verse.
The hope here, though, is that the Longhorns won’t go through another saga similar to when they missed out on former TCU Horned Frogs senior all-big 12 edge rusher Ochaun Mathis. Texas looked like the favorite to land a signing from portal Mathis for much of the spring, but he landed with the Nebraska Cornhuskers late last month.
There are some leading indicators that would lead to the assumption that Tucker-Dorsey favors Texas. First and foremost, it looks like his decision will be announced soon, just days after his multi-day official visit to Texas earlier this week.
And there’s also an expert prediction from 247Sports Crystal Ball that was placed from the portal later this week in favor of Tucker-Dorsey’s Texas touchdown.
Nonetheless, this will still be a much-anticipated decision as the Longhorns and Knights wait and see who Tucker-Dorsey will ultimately pick. Texas needs depth at the linebacker position, and Tucker-Dorsey will likely be one of the last viable hitters at that spot to show up on the portal for the rest of the offseason.
Texas has a half-dozen scholarship additions to the program through the transfer portal so far this offseason, with the latest coming from former Iowa State Cyclones senior wide receiver Tarique Milton. Tucker-Dorsey’s landing could bring Texas up to seven grantees off the portal, which would likely bring those coaching staff one step closer to completing the transfer market work this off-season.