On Tuesday, the news broke in the morning that former Liberty-Eylau defensive lineman Lagaryonn Carson is no longer committed to the Texas Longhorns after a series of suspensions and off-the-field issues.
In a discussion with Campus Insiders, the former top-ranked member of the 2017 Longhorns recruiting class shed some more insight on his situation.
“The Texas coaches informed me that I’m not on scholarship count, and they would contact me and my high school coach in January. But, as of now, I have no scholarship with Texas. So, I can’t be committed without one,” Carson said.
“Texas is my school, but that’s what I was informed. I have no scholarship at the time [being], so I don’t know what’s next. But I did not decommit from Texas. I was the first of my class to commit there and recruited a lot of guys [to Texas]. I wouldn’t do those guys like that.”
Indeed, Carson was vocal on Twitter up until the final days of his commitment, including joining the chorus of commits teasing the Friday pledges of tight end Cade Brewer and Houston Westfield running back Daniel Young.
He no longer lists “Texas commit” in his Twitter bio, but does still have a picture throwing up the double hook ‘em ‘Horns hand signs as his avatar.
Unfortunately, issues with academics and multiple suspensions from the LIberty-Eylau football team contributed to his change in status.
It was a conversation with offensive line coach Derek Warehime that resulted in the delivery of the bad news to Carson, though the 6’4, 260-pounder did reaffirm his commitment to getting to Austin eventually.
“I have just had a lot going on that took place, and I think the new staff fully understands. But I will bounce back. It’s forever Hook ‘Em. [I’m] just glad coach Strong, [Jeff] Traylor, and [the old] staff believed in me.”
The nation’s No. 64 prospect is currently working on resolving his issues in hopes of eventually landing in Austin, most likely after a stint in junior college.