The Texas Longhorns have largely struggled recruiting the cornerback position this cycle, but on Wednesday, Tom Herman’s program took another major step towards potentially landing one of the top defensive backs in the 2019 class.
Jeffery Carter, a top 100 prospect out of Aledo, announced his top four and Texas is still in the thick of Carter’s recruitment, along with Alabama, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M.
The most notable name excluded from Carter’s list is Oregon, as the Ducks previously owned 77 percent of his Crystal Ball projections. Of his other three projections, one favors Texas, while the other two point towards Texas A&M, where Carter officially visited April 13.
Texas, on the other hand, was expected to host Carter for an official visit during the fall before contact cooled between the two sides, but that visit will almost assuredly take place at some point now that the Longhorns are back in the mix. With Texas A&M and Oklahoma considered to be ahead of the ‘Horns in this recruitment, getting Carter back to campus even sooner on an unofficial basis would be ideal.
Texas currently has offers out to 13 cornerbacks from across the country, but only one committed in Loganville (Ga.) Grayson product Kenyatta Watson II. Other such as Derek Stingley, Chris Steele, and Marcus Banks are still considered Texas, but the Longhorns are considered to be on the outside looking in for each of those coveted prospects.
With that in mind, there’s increased pressure to close the deal with an elite talent like Carter, who totaled 28 tackles, three pass breakups and two interceptions in 2017.
A 6-foot, 180-pound prospect, Carter is ranked as the nation’s No. 93 player and the No. 11 cornerback.
This story will be updated.