Love it or lump it, the transfer portal is here to stay. Player movement is officially en vogue and if you can sell the NCAA on a hangnail that caused you emotional distress, they’ll will grant you a waiver to play immediately. Mostly these transfers are a lot of form with little substance, there’s a reason most didn’t play much at their prior schools, but every once and a while a few pan out. We decided to take a look at the top five impact transfers for our beloved Texas squads.
1. Shane Buechele - SMU
The Texas transfer and former Arlington Lamar star is a perfect fit for the Ponies who saw Ben Hicks leave the Hilltop to rejoin Chad Morris this spring. Buechele is in the fold, and former #5 best dual-threat quarterback in the prep ranks is ready to step into Sonny Dykes 2nd year rebuild. Buechele is more accurate than Hicks, with more poise, a stronger arm and is a better runner. Plus he’s a football nerd who spends most of his free time watching film.
2. D’Andre Plantin - North Texas
Tackle is a position of need for the Mean Green. North Texas is looking to replace two starters on the edge, to protect Mason Fine. If Fine can stay healthy and upright, this Mean Green team might challenge for a Division and Conference title. Plantin comes to Denton from Virginia Tech and at just the right time. He’s a plus athlete who played in ten games in his Hokie career. At 6-5, 300 pounds he’s an ideal size to protect Fine’s blind side.
3. Jordan Moore - Houston
Get yourself a program to keep up with Houston this year. The Coogs were very active in the transfer market; they added 6-7 defensive backs alone. Jordan Moore signed with Texas A&M out of Yoakum high school in 2018. He played four games for the Aggies, mostly on special teams then left the program to pursue a transfer. Most folks assumed Jordan would reconnect with his twin brother Josh at the University of Texas, but instead heads to Third Ward. The Cougars need help in the secondary after graduating three of their top corners and a safety Garrett Davis. The NCAA granted Moore’s waiver request in June so he’ll be cocked, locked, and ready to rock.
4. Kyle Porter - Houston
The Coogs picked up another playmaker in former Longhorn and Katy Tiger Kyle Porter. Porter never truly found a home in a crowded Texas backfield, but he made three starts, running for 469 yards in three seasons. Porter was a High School All-American and All-State designee as a senior at Katy when he ran for nearly 2,000 yards as a senior with 36 touchdowns. For his career at the Texas high school powerhouse, Porter rushed for 4,903 yards.
5. McLane Mannix - Texas Tech
McLane Mannix, in another time, would’ve fit right into Texas Tech’s Air Raid and that string of Caprock Slots. The Nevada transfer caught 107 balls for the Wolfpack in two seasons, averaging a lofty 15.4 yards per catch. Tech lost some significant receiving talent from their 2018 team, and Mannix arrives to help fill part of that void in Matt Wells new-look program. Mannix, from Midland High, is immediately eligible for the Red Raiders.