Toneil Carter Flips Commitment from Georgia to Texas

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Toneil Carter Flips Commitment from Georgia to Texas

Toneil Carter - Class of 2017 RB (photo - screen capture of Youtube video clip)
Toneil Carter – Class of 2017 RB
(photo – screen capture of Youtube video clip)

Toneil Carter, a class of 2017 running back, flipped his commitment from the University of Georgia to the University of Texas on Monday.

Carter had been committed to UGA for since July 10th and de-committed on Tuesday morning, announcing he would reopen his recruitment.

Several hours later at just a few minutes past 5:00 p.m. ET, he announced he would be committing to the Longhorns.

In was reported that Carter was no longer going to be able to enroll early in January at UGA. There has been much innuendo, rumor, and speculation regarding the exact reason why he was not going to be able to do so, but in comes just a few days after four Bulldog players announced that they would be returning for their senior season at Georgia, which included running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
The NCAA has specifically defined rules regarding early enrollees, also termed mid-year replacement, according to section of the Division 1 Manual. Any program that accepts early enrollees, when those prospects enroll, there has to be room on the roster. The NCAA limits the total number of scholarship players an FBS football team may carry at any one time to a maximum of 85 and also allow a maximum of 25 prospective student-athletes to be signed each year; although, teams can technically sign over 25 by “back counting” early enrollees to prior years in which they did not sign or carry the maximum allotted number.
After researching the University of Georgia football program’s scholarship numbers, as it stands now, the Bulldogs are carrying an estimated 81 scholarships on the roster, which includes 14 seniors who are in their final year of eligibility. The reason the 81 number is estimated is due to the fact that most schools do not release exact scholarship numbers to the public. Six of Georgia’s 14 seniors graduated last week which means there should be at least 10 spots for any recruit wanting to enroll early … right? Maybe not. Only the coaches and school know exactly how many spots are available and the NCAA has a myriad of rules regarding just how those early enrollees are counted. Trying to sift through the NCAA’s Division 1 rule book regarding recruiting and scholarships, personally, I would rather be forced to read the U.S. Tax Code with no access to caffeine.
Carter is a tailback out of Lanham Creek High School from the Houston, Texas area and is a rated a consensus four-star prospect by 247, ESPN, Rivals, and Scout. He is considered one of the top 10 running backs in the nation according to 247 Sports’ composite ranking system. Carter’s de-commitment leaves Georgia with one running back committed for 2017, D’Andre Swift, and 19 overall commitments currently.
Swift is also rated a consensus four-star running back by 247, ESPN, Rivals, and Scout and is considered one of the top four backs in the country according to 247 Sports’ composite ranking system. He is not an early enrollee and will join the Bulldogs with the other class of 2017 freshmen in the summer in June. If Swift stays committed to Georgia, then he will be one of five scholarship running backs on the roster for Georgia which include Nick Chubb, Brian Herrien, Elijah Holyfield, and Sony Michel.





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