After entering the NCAA transfer portal 11 days ago, former Texas Longhorns redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Daniel Carson announced on Tuesday that he’ll join the Western Illinois Leathernecks program.
The 6’4, 276-pounder signed with Texas in the 2018 recruiting class out of the Kansas City area, Carson was a consensus three-star prospect ranked as the No. 23 strong-side defensive end nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Carson redshirted during his first season on the Forty Acres, then appeared in four games last season, making one tackle against Louisiana Tech. When new defensive coordinator Chris Ash arrived at Texas and shifted to a four-down front, Carson moved inside from defensive end to defensive tackle.
The competition for playing time increased when Alfred Collins arrived during the summer and Carson started the season as the third-strong defensive tackle behind Collins and senior starter Ta’Quon Graham. Carson only appeared in one game during his redshirt sophomore season — the season opener against UTEP — before announcing his entrance into the transfer portal as Collins established himself as Graham’s eventual replacement in 2021.