The madness of the transfer portal continues to grow as the offseason looms, and the Texas A&M football program continues to be in the middle of the action. On Thursday morning last week, freshman wide receiver Chris Marshall announced his intention to transfer, making him the third of the four freshman who were suspended for the latter half of the season to do so. Marshall was a former five-star from Houston and had begun to contribute on and off before his suspension.
While it was easy to foresee Marshall becoming a contributor, due to the nature of his suspension and rumors swirling about separate incidents that had occurred in his short time on campus, this was not an unforeseen departure, just as with the other two suspended freshmen who have entered the portal. Here’s hoping Chris can get it turned around at his next stop— his talent level is undeniable, and if he gets things straight off the field, he will be a star at whichever school he ends up at.
He was joined on Sunday by a fellow wideout in Devin Price, son of Texas A&M defensive ends coach Terry Price. Devin had been with the program for three years and saw a fair amount of playing time in the Auburn game, due to Moose Muhammad not participating.
Price recorded only four catches for 52 yards this year. This continues a theme for the transfers out of this Texas A&M football program: while the volume has been slightly higher than most other schools, the level of production lost has been shockingly low in comparison. The most production that’s headed out the door was that of QB Haynes King, who had lost his job to freshman phenom Conner Weigman (recently named a freshman all-American) by season’s end.
Those are the only new additions to the transfer portal since my last article on the subject. It’s not only the outgoing side of things that Texas A&M football is involved in, however. The Aggies are targeting a few names in the portal; among them, big-bodied wide receiver Grant Dubose from Charlotte, the shifty and quick receiver JoJo Earle from Alabama, freshman all-American safety AJ Haulcy from New Mexico, and linebacker Mason Cobb from Oklahoma State. Dubose was productive at Charlotte, recording 126 catches for 1684 yards in his two seasons there. Earle was a former highly-prized recruit who came close to signing with the Aggies before choosing the Tide. Haulcy and Cobb, while not highly-rated out of high school, have nevertheless been extremely productive at the collegiate level.
There are more names with which the Aggies will be involved as the transfer period continues, and, with a big visiting weekend upcoming, I expect to see lots of action here soon, especially when the new OC finally gets named.