On Wednesday, Independence (Mo.) William Chrisman defensive end Daniel Carson officially signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Texas Longhorns.
Four William Chrisman football players are signing National Letters of Intent today to take their success to the college level. Congratulations to Daniel Carson (Texas), Emori Thomas (Missouri Western), Dominick Toese (Graceland) and Lovelle Williamson (Iowa Western). #isdstrong pic.twitter.com/1Go5uy1APL— Independence Schools (@ISDSchools) February 7, 2018
The 6’5, 260-pound strong-side defensive end committed to the Longhorns in January, filling one of the few holes in the star-studded 2018 recruiting class. Carson held offers from 23 schools, but narrowed his focus to Texas, Miami, and Nebraska.
Carson visited Nebraska January 12, and a week later made his pledge to the Longhorns official via Twitter.
On this day, 18 years ago Daniel Alexander Lamonte Carson was born, Today I will defy these odds and embark on a new journey that will effect the rest of my life. So today I would like to announce that I am committing to the University of ....... @BCarringtonUT @CoachTomHerman pic.twitter.com/j1E35NQ4EQ— Daniel Carson (@sports__finest) January 19, 2018
The Cornhuskers were perceived as the leader through much of Carson’s recruitment, but his relationship with Assistant Director of Player Personnel Bryan Carrington was one of the factors that eventually the Longhorns the edge.
In three years of varsity ball at Chrisman, he was a disruptive force in the backfield, racking up 37 tackles for loss and 21 sacks, in addition to his 101 total tackles in just 32 games played.
Carson will have some time to learn the system and mature as he joins a talented group of defensive ends, including Charles Omenihu, Breckyn Hager and Malcolm Roach who all saw significant playing time in the 2017 campaign. However, the big frame of Carson gives him some upside once he fills out — he’ll likely play at 280 to 300 pounds at Texas.
A consensus three-star prospect, Carson is the No. 535 player nationally, the No. 23 strong-side defensive end, and the No. 9 player in Missouri, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.