Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns are once again looking west in pursuit of top-tier talent.
The latest example came on Wednesday morning, as the Longhorns put an offer on the table for 2020 Modesto (Calif.) Christian strong-side defensive end Xavier Carlton.
Beyond Blessed and so Humbled to receive an offer from the University of Texas, Hookem !!! Thank You for this great Opportunity!!! @CoachTomHerman @OscarGiles95 @BCarringtonUT @BrandonHuffman @DLineVids @MCHSFootball @WeAreMCStrong pic.twitter.com/7e7iXOizUq— Xavier Carlton#44 (@xaviercarlton44) January 16, 2019
Ranked as the nation’s No. 243 player and No. 16 strong-side defensive end, per the 247Sports Composite, Carlton’s offer list now features 17 programs with Notre Dame, USC, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA among those in the mix.
With the Longhorns becoming the latest to officially express interest, Carlton is now the fourth 2020 strong-side defensive end to notch a Texas offer, joining Houston Cy Ridge star Vernon Broughton, Manor standout Princely Umanmielen, and Bastrop Cedar Creek product Alfred Collins.
Furthermore, after the Longhorns signed three California natives throughout the 2019 cycle in inside linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd (Westlake Village), safety Chris Adimora (Mayfair Lakewood), and JUCO outside linebacker Caleb Johnson (Fullerton College), Carlton is now the eighth 2020 prospect from the Golden State to add a Longhorns offer.
A 6’7, 250-pound talent, Carlton was a forced to be reckoned with in the trenches last season, tallying 81 total tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 13 quarterback hurries, in addition to three pass deflections and three fumble recoveries. His presence was felt offensively, as well, as he hauled in 10 receptions for 181 yards and three touchdowns.