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Texas OL Payton Kirkland Enters Transfer Portal

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Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns are losing their second player to the transfer portal this spring, offensive lineman Payton Kirkland.

Kirkland was a major target coming out of Dr. Phillips High School in the Class of 2023 and fielded offers from a whopping 52 different programs.


Coming out of high school in the Class of 2023, Kirkland was listed as a four-star prospect by the 247Sports index and the nation’s 558th-ranked prospect. He also checked in as the 18th-ranked player at his position and the 55th-ranked player in the state of Florida.

With his decision to enter the portal, the 6-foot-6, 350-pound freshman lineman became the second player to enter during the spring window alongside freshman linebacker S’Maje Burrell.

While Texas and Oklahoma don’t become official members of the SEC until July, the teams will have to follow SEC rules and regulations regarding the spring portal window. In the event that either school picks up an addition from an SEC team, the league states that interconference transfers will not be immediately eligible if they transfer to a fellow SEC school. These rules also apply to players like Kirkland and Burrell should they attempt to transfer to another SEC team.

When he graduated from high school, Kirkland received offers from seven schools in the Big 12 Conference, including West Virginia, UCF, Kansas State, Houston, Cincinnati, Arizona, and Arizona State. Should any of those teams be in the market for a new offensive lineman, the former Longhorn could find his way back to the Big 12.

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