Former Alabama TE Billingsley heading to Texas

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Former Alabama tight end Jahleel Billingsley announced on Sunday that he’s heading to Texas.

The move will reunite him with Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2020 when Billingsley emerged as a playmaker with three touchdowns as a sophomore.

Billingsley’s former position coach, Jeff Banks, is also an assistant at Texas.

A dynamic athlete, Billingsley was named to the preseason All-SEC team in August but struggled to stay in Alabama coach Nick Saban’s good graces and wound up starting just one game this past season.

Billingsley, who is from Chicago, finished with 17 catches for 256 yards and three touchdowns in 15 appearances.

Texas is scheduled to host Alabama on Sept. 10 in Austin.

Billingsley is one of many Alabama players to enter the NCAA transfer portal since the end of the season.

Backup quarterback Paul Tyson announced that he will transfer to Arizona State, and linebacker Drew Sanders said he will transfer to Arkansas.

Alabama has also bolstered its roster through the transfer portal, gaining the commitment of former LSU All-American defensive back Eli Ricks and former Georgia Tech All-ACC running back Jahmyr Gibbs.

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