Langham Creek Lobos running back Toneil Carter (28) runs the ball past a diving Cinco Ranch Cougars defender during the high school playoff football game between the Langham Creek Lobos and the Cinco Ranch Cougars at Tully Stadium in Houston, TX on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Cougars lead the Lobos 17-14 at halftime.

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Texas adds running back Toneil Carter to its 2017 recruiting class

Posted December 19th, 2016

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Georgia’s loss is Texas’ gain.

Toneil Carter, a running back from Houston’s Langham Creek High, announced on Monday that he will play football at Texas. Carter, the No. 23-rated prospect on the Statesman’s Fab 55,  becomes the first high school recruit to commit to the Longhorns since Tom Herman was hired to lead the football program in November. Joshua Rowland, a kicker from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, signed with Texas earlier this month.

https://twitter.com/CarterToneil/status/810969392607559680

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The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Carter, who 247Sports reported will enroll at Texas in January, is a four-star prospect and an Under Armour All-American. According to the Houston Chronicle, Carter rushed 155 times for 1,031 yards and 18 touchdowns during his senior year. He also scored on two of his 11 catches.

Langham Creek Lobos running back Toneil Carter (28) runs the ball past a diving Cinco Ranch Cougars defender during the high school playoff football game between the Langham Creek Lobos and the Cinco Ranch Cougars at Tully Stadium in Houston, TX on Saturday, November 19, 2016.    The Cougars lead the Lobos 17-14 at halftime.
Langham Creek Lobos running back Toneil Carter (28) runs the ball past a diving Cinco Ranch Cougars defender during the high school playoff football game between the Langham Creek Lobos and the Cinco Ranch Cougars at Tully Stadium in Houston, TX on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The Cougars lead the Lobos 17-14 at halftime.

Carter’s commitment to Texas came on the same day that he backed off a pledge to Georgia. Carter explained on Twitter that he had been told he could not join the program as an early enrollee. The Macon Telegraph reported that Carter’s scholarship offer was rescinded after running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel said they’d return for their senior seasons.

Carter’s commitment on Monday also gave Longhorn fans a chance to see how their new coach would respond to recruiting news. It doesn’t appear that Texas has settled on a hashtag — former coach Charlie Strong would acknowledge commitments with the #letsride tag — but Longhorn coaches celebrated with GIFs on Monday.

https://twitter.com/CoachTomHerman/status/810955556718542849

Following Carter’s decision and Rowland’s signing, Texas has nine members in its 2017 recruiting class. Westlake quarterback Sam Ehlinger will also enroll early.

2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting class

Here's a look at the recruits who have committed to Texas coach Tom Herman for the 2017 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from Horns247. Oral commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 1, 2017.

PlayerPos.SchoolStarsCommitted
Damion MillerWRTyler John Tyler46/25/2015
Sam EhlingerQBWestlake47/28/2015
Kobe BoyceCBLake Dallas34/3/2016
Montrell EstellSHooks35/20/2016
Josh ThompsonCBNacogdoches37/27/2016
Taquon GrahamDLTemple49/5/16
Joshua Rowland*KMiss. Gulf Coast CCN/A12/11/16
Toneil CarterRBLangham Creek412/19/16
Cade BrewerTELake Travis312/23/16
Daniel YoungRBHouston Westfield312/23/16
Derek KerstetterOLSan Antonio Reagan312/26/16
Reese LeitaoTETulsa (Okla.) Jenks312/29/16
Marqez BimageLBBrenham31/6/17
Max CumminsOLFW All Saints31/17/17
Gary JohnsonLBDodge City CC41/20/17
*-indicates signed letter of intent

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