On Tuesday evening, Texas Longhorns interim assistant coach Bryan Carrington and defensive line coach Oscar Giles traveled to the Kansas City area for an important in-home visit with Independence (Mo.) William Chrisman defensive end Daniel Carson:
Had a great Home Visit with UT ! #Hookem @OscarGiles95 @BCarringtonUT pic.twitter.com/GwQ9FNV595— Daniel Carson (@sports__finest) January 17, 2018
With Oklahoma most likely full along the defensive line, Nebraska seemingly looms as the biggest competition for Texas to land Carson. After an official visit to Lincoln last weekend to meet with new head coach Scott Frost and his staff, the Huskers should have the momentum right now.
And over the weekend, that certainly appeared to be the case, with Nebraska landing a flurry of 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
On the Texas side, however, there was more confidence, especially with Carrington elevated to an interim role that allows him to hit the recruiting trail — Carson is one of the recruits with whom he’s built an excellent relationship and that appeared to pay off on Tuesday.
When the TL hits good during #RecruitingAfterDark2018... pic.twitter.com/lhXtbvIsa6— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) January 17, 2018
There’s some definite confidence seeping out of those posts — cause for at least cautious optimism. One Crystal Ball for Texas followed the visit and both Horns247 recruiting writers went “foggy” with their predictions.
In the lead up to National Signing Day, anything can happen, and there could be a few more swings in Carson’s recruitment. The Longhorns are hardly a lock at this time. Having hosted the Missouri product on his official visit way back in September isn’t ideal.
Still, the staff is clearly making sure that Carson knows he’s the priority at strong-side defensive end as the only unsigned target. Combined with Carrington’s recruiting ability and the momentum generated by the strong class as a whole, the Longhorns have never been in better shape with the nation’s No. 22 strong-side defensive end.