To assemble his first staff at Texas, Steve Sarkisian has been busy attempting to fill various roles by landing former Alabama coaching staff members.

That has apparently worked with a few positions as former Alabama offensive line coach Kyle Flood and Alabama special teams and tight ends coach Jeff Banks are expected to join Sarkisian’s Longhorn program.

There has been speculation that Sarkisian is also trying to bring Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Pete Golding to Austin but that may no longer be the case.

According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning has “emerged as a favorite” to become Sarkisian’s defensive coordinator at Texas.

Lanning is regarded by many as one of the nation’s best defensive coaches and has led Georgia to the No. 2 scoring defense in the conference this fall after leading the Bulldogs to the No. 1 scoring defense in the nation in 2019. Lanning was named a Broyles Award finalist in 2019 and was selected as a nominee in 2020.

If Lanning were to leave the Bulldogs, the move is not official at this point, look for Georgia assistant Glenn Schumann to get consider to be Kirby Smart’s next defensive coordinator in Athens. Will Muschamp, his son is on Georgia’s roster, would also be a name to watch.