Daniel Carson, defensive end, William Chrisman (Mo.)
FYI: 6-5/260; 3 stars; No. 530-ranked player in 2018 class
Committed: Jan. 19
Scouting report: Carson is a big-bodied defensive end who is an ideal fit in defensive coordinator Todd Orlando’s scheme, which relies on big defensive linemen to take up blocks for athletic linebackers. At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Carson is big enough to become a defensive tackle and athletic enough to play on the edge. His versatility is what attracted Texas to offer Carson and his fit into the scheme was the main driving point in gaining his commitment.
Carson recorded 73 tackles as a senior, including 17 tackles for loss and six sacks in 10 games. He’s the No. 23-ranked strong side defensive end in the 2018 recruiting cycle and the No. 9-ranked overall prospect from the state of Missouri.
Texas needs immediate help at defensive tackle and defensive end and Carson is strong enough to provide the Longhorns with snaps in certain packages. He’s raw and won’t be a three-down player in his first year or two on campus, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make an impact in the two-deep or as depth early in his career.
Like most high school linemen, Carson would benefit from a redshirt season, but the depth at Texas may not allow that as an option.