The Texas Longhorns are heading back to a familiar spot in the transfer portal, picking up a former Alabama player. This time, it’s tight end Jahleel Billingsley who is joining Texas.
He made the announcement on social media on Sunday.
Billingsley played in 10 games this season for the Crimson Tide, racking up 17 catches for 256 yards and three touchdowns. As a high school prospect, Billingsley was a four-star recruit out of Chicago (Ill.) Phillips Academy, according to 247Sports. He was also the No. 11 ranked tight end and the No. 3 ranked player in the state of Illinois in the recruiting class of 2019.
Billingsley is the third Alabama player to transfer to Texas since Steve Sarkisian became the head coach, joining Ben Davis and Keilan Robinson, who joined the program prior to last season.
The Longhorns have used the portal effectively this offseason, with former five-star QB Quinn Ewers the gem, leaving Ohio State to head back to his home state.
Texas needs to have a bounce back Year 2 under Sarkisian, who went 5-7 in 2021, which included a six-game losing streak, the program’s longest dating back to the 1950’s.
And in an ironic twist of fate, Texas and Alabama meet in the second week of the 2022 college football season.