After losing Jaylon Robinson and Treveon Johnson to decommitment (both would ultimately flip to Oklahoma), Texas tech’s wide receiver recruiting wasn’t looking great. Today, Kliff Kingsbury managed to stop the bleeding a bit, as he secured a visit from one of the country’s most underrated receivers, KeSean Carter. Carter is unlike any receiver currently in Texas Tech’s recruiting class, and will fit perfectly, both in the class, and in Kingsbury’s air raid system that relies on accuracy, and quickness.
Commitment 📍 pic.twitter.com/BwkMBNRVuo
— K#6️⃣ (@kesean43) July 18, 2017
THE CARTER FILE
Carter is the 14th commitment in Texas Tech’s 2018 class, and the fourth (or fifth if you include Jabari James) wide receiver, along with Gabriel Douglas, Myron Mitchell and Corey Fulcher. As I mentioned, none of those guys have a similar skill set to Carter. Carter is a true sot receiver, with a lot of quickness and a lethal ability to run routes. He’s explosive with the ball in his hands, and more than makes up for his lack of size with his freak athleticism.
Carter picked Texas Tech over offers from Arizona, UConn, Houston, Utah and West Virginia. As he mentions in his commitment tweet, Texas Tech is the only school willing to let him play football and run track, and ultimately it was the freedom to play both that led to his commitment to play in Lubbock. Texas Tech has made it clear that he would be able to play both sports since they offered back in May, and despite having not yet visited campus, that was enough for KeSean to pick the Red Raiders. Expect to see KeSean on campus this fall for an official visit.
On the field, as I mentioned, Carter has everything that a slot receiver needs to succeed. He’s quick, elusive, strong, and reliable as a receiver. He doesn’t have much experience blocking downfield, but in Texas Tech’s offense that doesn’t really matter. Carter will be great for short routes and checkdowns, as well as for creating mismatches against slower defenders. He’s never going to be a jump ball kind of receiver, and he needs to add some weight to his frame to survive in the Big 12, but with his playmaking ability and Texas Tech’s scheme, Carter should thrive at the next level. His ceiling comparison is another former Texas Tech slot receiver, Wes Welker.