And then there were four.
On Thursday, Mansfield Legacy strong-side defensive end Taurean Carter cut some more of the fat in his recruitment and announced his top four schools. The Texas Longhorns survived the cut, along with Arkansas, Texas Tech, and Michigan State.
I am thankful to have have this opportunity ...FINAL 4‼️ pic.twitter.com/04P4mEB3vZ— Taurean Carter II (@KingCvrterII) August 16, 2018
TCU was previously named in Carter’s top five in early July, but the Horned Frogs are no longer an option.
That reality is indicative of just how much Carter’s recruitment has changed throughout the past several weeks. Just weeks before his list cut last month, Carter visited the Forty Acres for the Longhorns Heat Wave and following the event, he named Texas and TCU as the top two schools on his mind.
As his recruitment has progressed, not only has TCU fallen entirely out of contention, but after once being considered the frontrunners, the Longhorns have been leapfrogged by Arkansas and it’s Chad Morris’ program that now stands as the team to beat.
The Razorbacks have already earned a pledge from Carter’s teammate and fellow defensive lineman, Enoch Jackson, and following a flood of projections this month, Carter’s Crystal Ball now points almost entirely to Arkansas at 92 percent.
If the ‘Horns are to regain momentum with Carter, they’ll need to do so fairly quickly, as Carter is aiming to announce his decision on Oct. 24, which could potentially have some influence on Carter’s teammate, four-star safety Jalen Catalon, whom Arkansas is pushing for as well.
Texas currently holds a pledge from three-star Huntsville strong-side defensive end T’Vondre Sweat, but Carter’s disruptive presence would be a welcomed addition if Texas can take control down the stretch. As a junior, Carter earned first-team all-district honors after totaling 65 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and eight sacks.
He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 40 strong-side defensive end and as the No. 71 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite.