DeAndre Carter, IOL
Another flip candidate for the Longhorns in the 2024 class this fall is the highly touted four-star Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei interior offensive lineman and Auburn Tigers commit DeAndre Carter. The towering 6-foot-4 and 340-pound California interior offensive lineman is the primary flip target in the trenches for offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood and the Longhorns this fall.
Texas has continued to chip away at Auburn’s lone offensive line commit in head coach Hugh Freeze’s 2024 recruiting class in the last month or so. Flood and the Longhorns gave Carter and his camp something to think about during his official visit to Austin for the Week 5 win over the No. 24 Kansas Jayhawks at DKR.
Carter and his family have been mulling their options in the last few weeks since the official visit to Texas in late September concluded.
Auburn has the pitch of early playing time for Carter since Freeze is undergoing a full rebuild with that program. There is also the logic that Auburn does not want to lose its only commit at a position of need during this rebuild along the offensive line in the 2024 class a couple of months before signing day.
Texas, meanwhile, gives Carter a plethora of NIL opportunities and the chance to play for a proven OL coach who is developing talent in the trenches at a high level for Texas and during his time at Alabama before the UT job. The Longhorns have also done a nice job establishing a pipeline on the recruiting trail at Mater Dei High School in Southern California.
Flood’s last OL commit in the 2024 class was Carter’s teammate and fellow starter along the Mater Dei offensive line, Baker. The Longhorns also have multiple Mater Dei players either committed or on the current roster, including true freshman tight end Spencer Shannon.
That’s not to mention the plethora of Mater Dei recruits the Longhorns are targeting in future cycles, namely 2025 blue-chip skill prospects Marcus Harris and Jordon Davison.