Texas A&M football loses another winter portal pickup to the spring window

Another short-timer on campus for Texas A&M football has decided to test the waters elsewhere.
Dec 23, 2023; Birmingham, AL, USA; Troy Trojans offensive linemen Derrick Graham (77) runs after a
Dec 23, 2023; Birmingham, AL, USA; Troy Trojans offensive linemen Derrick Graham (77) runs after a / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Troy OL Derrick Graham entering transfer portal after arriving to Texas A&M football months ago

Texas A&M football has seen its second spring portal entry from the ranks of the players who came into College Station during the winter portal window. Following former Youngstown State LB Alex Howard, Troy OL Derrick Graham has indicated that he will be entering the portal as a graduate transfer.

Graham was a member of a crowded offensive line room. Though he was listed at OT, it's hard to see anyone unseating Zuhn, and one of Fatheree and Crownover projected to be the opposite starter.

I had him as a depth guy on the inside, where it would have been similarly difficult to break into the rotation behind Foster, Nabou, Bisontis, Dewberry, Ogunbiyi, and fellow newcomer Armaj Reed-Adams.

This is yet another portal entry precipitated by the Aggies' previous strategy. I don't want to make it sound as though I think the Aggies took the wrong tack; they did exactly what they should have with that method of attacking the transfer ranks.

It is just in the nature of taking so many players that some will be able to read between the lines as regards their chances to start, and now with the unfettered ability to move in the portal, you have to expect that some of them will exercise that ability.

If there's one area I'm not concerned about for this team, it's offensive line recruiting. Cushing and Elko's work so far in the high school ranks has been extremely impressive, and I'd wager that they'll be able to line up a replacement from this portal window if needed. They've acquitted themselves very well so far and have earned the benefit of the doubt from Texas A&M football fans. As I said before, I think when all is said and done, the Aggies will end this window at a net positive.