Texas football coaches are busy hitting the road early this offseason to visit emerging and key targets on the recruiting trail in multiple classes. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and staff have also sent out numerous offers to emerging targets in multiple recruiting classes, namely in the 2026 cycle.
Among the highest-rated offers the Longhorns handed out this week was to the elite high-four-star 2026 Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove wide receiver Devin Carter.
Texas football tosses its hat in the ring with elite 2026 WR Devin Carter
Carter announced on his Twitter/X account on Jan. 26 that the Longhorns had officially offered him.
This offer comes just a few days after Carter decommitted from the Florida State Seminoles. In the last few days alone since Carter re-opened his recruitment, he's received offers from the Ohio State Buckeyes, Miami Hurricanes, and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, among a few other schools. And more are likely to come shortly.
In his offer post on Twitter/X on Jan. 26, Carter mentioned he received the offer from Texas running backs coach Tashard Choice. Choice as one of the coaches spearheading this recruitment makes sense given his multiple connections in his home state of Georgia, which is where Carter is from.
Carter ranks among the elite WRs in the nation in the 2026 class
Regarding skill set and physical profile, the 6-foot and 170-pound Carter checks many of the boxes that you would be accustomed to seeing from a top-end wide receiver talent that Sarkisian likes to recruit to his offense.
Carter is a wirey and elusive wide receiver who can generate big plays from multiple levels of the field when he gets the ball in space. He has the agility and quickness to make defenders miss in the open field in the screen game and the straight-line speed to get over the top in the deep passing game.
The skill set Carter brings also lines up with the idea of "position-less football" Sarkisian and the Longhorns appear to be moving toward at the wide receiver position.
The familial ties to football are also strong for Carter in his direct family. His brother, Dexter Carter Jr., played wide receiver at Georgia Southern from 2016 to 2020. And his dad played running back at Florida State in the late 1980s and played multiple years in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets.
Texas will have some ground to make up in this recruitment. Despite backing off his commitment to Florida State earlier this week, the Seminoles are still a school to watch in this recruitment given the relationships he has with the coaching staff and the fact that he is an FSU legacy.
Carter has also visited the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, and LSU Tigers, at least once since last offseason.