The recruitment of Houston Langham Creek Toneil Carter has always been an uphill battle for the Texas Longhorns, but that could be changing with a report from Taylor Hamm of GigEm247 that Carter could take an official visit to Austin this weekend.
The 5’10.5, 197-pounder committed to the Georgia Bulldogs on July 10 following a visit to Athens in March and never seriously considered Texas when former head coach Charlie Strong led the Longhorns.
A consensus four-star prospect, Carter is the No. 197 player nationally, the No. 7 running back, and the No. 21 prospect in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The 2017 Under Armour All-American holds close to 20 offers, but hasn’t been active in taking visits — his 247Sports profile doesn’t report any since his pledge to the Bulldogs.
However, the appeal of playing closer to home could play a factor in his final decision.
And there’s currently a compelling need for Texas and opportunity for Carter at the position — with D’Onta Foreman’s departure to the NFL, the struggles of Kyle Porter as a freshman, and the growing injury histories of Chris Warren III and Kirk Johnson, the ‘Horns need some help at running back.
The new staff is still pursuing Ohio State commit JK Dobbins and could extend an offer to former Iowa commit Eno Benjamin, but right now it looks like Carter could suddenly be the key target.