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 , signed with Texas earlier this month.
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.
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 The Macon Telegraph reported that Carter’s scholarship offer was rescinded after running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel said they’d return for their senior seasons.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.
— Derek Chang (@dchang10) December 19, 2016
— Drew Mehringer (@DrewMehringer) December 19, 2016
— Oscar Giles (@OscarGiles95) December 19, 2016
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 classHere'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.
|Damion Miller||WR||Tyler John Tyler||4||6/25/2015|
|Kobe Boyce||CB||Lake Dallas||3||4/3/2016|
|Joshua Rowland*||K||Miss. Gulf Coast CC||N/A||12/11/16|
|Toneil Carter||RB||Langham Creek||4||12/19/16|
|Cade Brewer||TE||Lake Travis||3||12/23/16|
|Daniel Young||RB||Houston Westfield||3||12/23/16|
|Derek Kerstetter||OL||San Antonio Reagan||3||12/26/16|
|Reese Leitao||TE||Tulsa (Okla.) Jenks||3||12/29/16|
|Max Cummins||OL||FW All Saints||3||1/17/17|
|Gary Johnson||LB||Dodge City CC||4||1/20/17|
|*-indicates signed letter of intent|
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