Texas in pursuit of the Alabama Transfer Drew Sanders

On Tuesday, just hours after the Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Georgia Bulldogs national championship, Drew Sanders entered the NCAA transfer portal, growing Alabama’s junior lead, sparking immediate speculation that the Texas Longhorns would be interested in Denton Ryan’s product.

With a massive need for a player with an impact on the edge, Texas is really looking for Sanders – Inside Texas on Wednesday announced that the Longhorns will host Sanders on a visit. Texas also received a 247Sports Crystal Ball transfer forecast on Wednesday to win a talented 6’5,244-pounder.

Not only can the Horns offer early play potential, but Sanders is somewhat familiar with some Texas cadres, including head coach Steve Sarkisian, quarterback coach AJ Milwee, narrow end coach / special teams coordinator Jeff Banks. and offensive line coordinator / coach Kyle Flood.

Banks probably has the best relationship with Sanders – although Banks did not serve as a primary or secondary recruiter for Sanders, he spent a lot of time with Sanders, coaching him in special teams in 2020, when Sanders won the Special Teams Player of the Week award against Tennessee. and Arkansas.

Defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski was also involved in recruiting Sanders when he held the same role in Washington.

Another new contender for Sanders is Arkansas receives Wednesday’s visit from a former defender of Alabama.

Oklahoma is a potential landing site for Sanders as well. Wide receivers coach Cale Gundy was left with new head coach Brent Venables and served as chief recruiter for Sanders, who was hired in Oklahoma from November 2017 to April 2019 when he moved to Alabama.

Sanders, the same five-star prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, was ranked No. 22 at the national level and No. 1 athlete at the 247Sports Composite. In Denton Ryan, Sanders has played a number of different positions, including quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, and several defensive roles.

After arriving in Alabama, Sanders mostly contributed to special teams as a rookie before gaining a major role in defense in 2021. Against the Miami Sanders a total of six games, then earned his first career start against Mercer with two attacks and two interrupted passes. However, the injuries he suffered against Ole Miss at the start of the SEC game limited his playing time for the rest of the season. Sanders finished the year with 24 games, 2.5 games to lose, one bag, four quarterback rushes and two breaks.

Most importantly for Texas, Sanders has enough athletics and experience to immediately act as a pass rusher, an area where the Longhorns fought hard in 2021.

His overall physicality could be an improvement over Ovie Oghouf, who was struggling when he was not used as a pure pass rusher.

So after several recent mistakes on the transfer portal, Sanders recruitment is a highly watched issue that could address one of the program’s most glaring holes.

David Berry

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