Four-star running back Toneil Carter flipped his commitment from Georgia to Texas hours after he decommitted from Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs.
When it’s the middle of the recruiting dead period, things can happen in a hurry.
For 4-star prospect Toneil Carter Jr., that was exactly the case. Hours after he decommitted from the Georgia Bulldogs, Carter, a Houston native, flipped his commitment to the Texas Longhorns and released a statement regarding his decision.
“I’ve decided that there is no place like home and that this was a minor setback for a major comeback. I want to thank all of the UT coaches for everything and their comfort. I am extremely excited to say that I will be furthering my education and my football career at the University of Texas as a Longhorn. Let’s ride. I’m going to continue to do what’s best for me.”
Carter, who’s ranked as the No. 9 running back and No. 102 overall player in the country, backed off his pledge to Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs because of the decisions by running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb to return to Georgia next season.
With D’Onta Foreman leaving Texas early for the 2017 NFL Draft, the Longhorns could use a tailback like Carter.
At 5-foot-11, 197 lbs he has excellent vision, seeing holes open before they actually do. He runs with a great feel of the game and totes the rock instinctually. Carter has the next-level gear to separate himself from defenders as he cruises through the second and third levels of the defense.
He’s the second commit new Texas head coach Tom Herman has landed, as the Longhorns collected a pledge from JUCO kicker Josh Rowland less than a week ago.
By the time National Signing Day rolls around on Feb. 1, Carter may not be the only halfback Texas signs. Former Iowa commit Eno Benjamin recently picked up an offer from Herman’s staff, and the Longhorns are expected to make a push for his commitment.
With the addition of Carter, Texas now has eight total commits and moves up from No. 46 to No. 33 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings.
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