Offensive lineman DeAndre Carter is one of the nation’s top prospects as a member of the Rivals100. He plays at one of the top prep institutions in the country at Mater Dei in California. As such, it’s no surprise that Carter is on the radar of college curricula across the country. He has made several visits to campus and recently it was the Texas Longhorns who got the chance to put on their best light when Carter traveled to Austin for a junior day at UT. The big guy came away impressed.
“I liked it a lot. I met all the coaches, the offensive line coach, I liked him a lot,” Carter said. all met together. I liked them a lot, what they want for their program. They are obviously hungry.
During his visit, the Texas staff emphasized to Carter that they love what he brings to the table and would love to see him bring his talents to Austin. At 6-foot-5 and 345 pounds, Carter fits the mold of giant-sized offensive linemen that OL coach Kyle Flood adores. Combine that with Steve Sarkisian’s West Coast roots, and Texas has a lot to offer.
“They like what they see in the movies. They want me to come out there, join them, be part of what they want to do, win the national championship,” Carter said.
Ranked No. 73 on the Rivals100, Carter has been quite active on the recruiting front. In addition to Texas, he has visited places like LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Cal, and Penn State. Visiting Texas stacks with the best of them.
“I’m always looking everywhere, so I try to stay open, trying to give everyone a chance,” Carter said. “But when I came (to Texas), of the few tours I did, I really liked this one.”
Sarkisian is personally involved in this one and spent time with Carter and Carter’s family during the recent visit. Sark stressed that Texas is moving in the right direction and he would like Carter to play a big role in UT taking that next step.
“I had a little one-on-one meeting, I talked to him in his office. It was good,” Carter said. “He was saying what they were trying to build with the program, how players were starting to buy into it, everything they were telling them. And that will get them the championship they want.”
Of course, Flood is also heavily involved, and Carter said he liked what he saw from the UT offensive line coach during O-line position meetings.
“We had a position meeting, we had a group of recruits for O-line there. He was just talking about a bunch of techniques that he likes to teach, like if the defense makes a certain move, how we can counter that,” Carter said.
A four-star prospect, Carter holds nearly 30 scholarship offers. He doesn’t have a timeline on how he’d like to see his recruitment go, but said he’ll likely sign up during his senior season.