ATHENS — It happened very quickly: Toneil Carter, a tailback from Houston, began the day as a Georgia commitment, at least publicly. He will finish it a Texas commitment.
Carter announced his de-commitment from Georgia on Monday, a decision that was not his own: His high school coach, Todd Thompson, told DawgNation that UGA pulled the offer, saying it no longer had room. That confirmed an earlier report by the Macon Telegraph reported Monday.
The news came after the unexpected decisions by Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to return for their senior years, decisions announced last Thursday. Georgia also has a commitment from tailback D’Andre Swift, who is from Philadelphia, as well as current players Brian Herrien and Elijah Holyfield, who will be sophomores next season.
Carter, who planned to enroll early at UGA, was not a free agent for long. New Texas head coach Tom Herman posted an oblique mention about a recruit from Houston, indicating it was a running back. A short time later, reports confirmed that Herman meant Carter.
— Coach Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) December 19, 2016
Carter confirmed it himself an hour later.
— Toneil Carter (@CarterToneil) December 19, 2016
Staff writer Jeff Sentell contributed to this report.