Auburn transfer no longer visiting after Texas A&M football lands portal WR

Texas A&M football would still like to add another wideout, but one option has taken his name out of the running.
Nov 25, 2023; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Ja'Varrius Johnson (6) scores a
Nov 25, 2023; Auburn, Alabama, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver Ja'Varrius Johnson (6) scores a / John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M football's portal gain ends up in potential loss after Ja'Varrius Johnson reverses course on College Station visit

Texas A&M football landed a commitment from a portal wide receiver earlier today. Jacob Bostick, formerly of the Iowa Hawkeyes, gave his verbal pledge to the Aggies over the Ole Miss Rebels. For an Aggie team that was in need of additional help at wideout, this was a big time pickup.

However, it looks like, as with everything in life to some degree, that recruiting win was a trade-off. After the news came down that Bostick would be coming to College Station, another portal prospect—grad transfer Ja'Varrius Johnson of Auburn—announced that he would no longer be visiting the Aggies.

Johnson plays a slightly different position than Bostick—he's more of a true slot guy, while Bostick has the height to stay outside for most of his snaps—but the timing here is too coincidental for it to be anything different than looking for a place with a less crowded room. There's nothing wrong with that, of course—the portal is about finding the most optimal landing spot for yourself based on your priorities.

Still, though, the Aggies are in search of at least one more portal receiver before the season comes around. NDSU star Eli Green could still be a candidate—he fits well the profile of a shifty inside player with game-breaking potential.

If this is the roster that the Aggies take into the season, however, they won't by any means be a squad without championship-level talent. The top-line players—Moose Muhammad, Noah Thomas, Jahdae Walker—can stack up with anyone in the nation. I like the promise of young guys like Izaiah Williams, and wouldn't be surprised to see the former Florida commit end up contributing on some level. Let's not forget Cyrus Allen, either!

Overall, whatever happens, I have faith in the Aggie coaching staff to make the most of things. There is plenty of talent to go around in the Aggie receiver corps.