Houston added to its roster by announcing the transfers of four players to their program. Wide receiver Ellis Jefferson of Arizona State, offensive lineman Deon Mix from Auburn, defensive lineman Courtel Jenkins from Miami, and defensive lineman Reggie Chevis from Texas A&M all officially will join the Cougars.
Jefferson, Mix and Chevis are all graduate transfers, and will be eligible to play in 2017. Since Jenkins is an undergraduate transfer, he will sit out 2017, and be eligible next season.
Jefferson offers a big body at 6’5” and 212 pounds that should put him in the mix at receiver. Linell Bonner and Steven Dunbar are the only two locks at the position, and Jefferson could find a way on the field with his size.
Mix will add valuable depth on the offensive line, and is a big body on the interior. While he only has six career games of experience, he comes from the SEC and should compete for a starting spot.
Chevis will add to a group that needs depth, as only Ed Oliver and Nick Thurman are proven returners. Last year at Texas A&M, he put up 25 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss, and should be a threat who can keep double teams away from Oliver.
Jenkins saw action in just five games last year, but was very impressive in that limited time with 11 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. As a sophomore in 2015, he played in 12 games, producing 29 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He and Oliver should be a feared combination in 2018.
Houston continues to add to the list of transfers, and all four appear to be great fits on this team. The three eligible this year will add much needed depth and Jenkins should team up with Oliver to lead a defensive line that will be a nightmare for offenses next season.