Could Texas A&M football land grad transfer WR from division rival?

Texas A&M football still may have a shot left with an impact portal wide receiver thanks to his status as a grad transfer.
Sep 30, 2023; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins (4) and
Sep 30, 2023; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels running back Quinshon Judkins (4) and / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Could Texas A&M football be a landing spot for former UTSA star, Ole Miss receiver Zakhari Wilson?

Texas A&M football has uncharacteristically fallen short in a couple of recent portal battles, specifically at the receiver spot. After Jabre Barber went down with injury during spring—and, honestly, even before that eventuality—it was clear that the Aggies needed another receiver to add to their cadre before the season began.

There was some momentum with two big targets in Keandre Lambert-Smith of Penn State and Houston’s Sam Brown. However, things didn’t fall the Aggies’ way. Both reunited with former coaches at Auburn and Miami, respectively, leaving Texas A&M football on the outside looking in.

With the portal closing today, the Aggies are growing short on options, though there are still a few decent ones out there. Due to the spring portal rules, though, the Aggies are unable to accept a transfer from a conference foe and have them eligible for the upcoming season.

That is, unless the player in question is a graduate transfer. There is possibly just such a situation occurring right in the Aggies’ own division, as Ole Miss’s Zakhari Franklin has entered the transfer portal.

Franklin originally attended UTSA before transferring to Oxford. Due to some injury issues, he never was able to break out at Ole Miss like he was expected to—and there were certainly high hopes for him, based on his impressive production in San Antonio (he was the leading receiver in Roadrunners history).

If this is indeed a graduate transfer situation, as it appears—after all, Franklin began to play college football all the way back in 2019—then the Aggies should come knocking. He has the ability to be the top guy on an offense, as we saw in his time with UTSA. This is one that the Aggies should definitely kick the tires on.