The Texas Longhorns have found their man. Though the university has not yet made an official statement (though it is expected soon), reports out of Austin are that the Arizona State Sun Devils running backs coach Larry Porter will soon be named the new running backs coach for the Longhorns.
Prior to his brief, one-year stint with the Sun Devils, Porter had previously been the running backs coach for a handful of teams, including the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the LSU Tigers before taking over as the head coach for his alma mater, the Memphis Tigers. After two years, Porter was unable to turn things around for the Tigers, and therefore let go. This season was his first with the Sun Devils, who ranked 24th in the nation in rushing, averaging over 205 yards per game on the ground.
Porter has established a reputation as a very strong recruiter, which adds to an already stellar group of recruiters at Texas in Major Applewhite and co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt. In fact, Porter was twice named the Rivals.com National Recruiter of the Year two during his time at LSU. His ties to the Houston and Louisiana areas should be of value to the Longhorns in the recruiting game.
Porter joins a Longhorn team that boasts a tremendous stable of running backs in freshman standouts Johnathan Gray and Daje Johnson as well as sophomores Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown. As with any new hire, only time will tell how it works out, however, it appears to be a good hire for a Texas team looking to find its way back to national prominence.