Written by Corbett Smith
DeSoto's Desmon White, Pinkston's Trey Carter among area prospects that went from overlooked to hot commodities
In an area as talent-rich as Dallas, a football player can go from relatively unknown to a hot commodity over the course of a season.
That’s the case with Pinkston defensive end Trey Carter.
Carter, an Oklahoma State pledge, was more than relatively unknown in Dallas at the start of the season; he was a complete mystery. He had moved to Dallas over the summer from Shreveport (La.) Green Oaks, where he was an all-district performer as a junior in Northern Louisiana.
But the 6-4, 255-pound defensive end didn’t have what he considered a major college offer until mid-summer, when his combination of size and speed stood out at a variety of camps, including stops at Oklahoma State and Arkansas.
Once he made it to Dallas, the offers started to roll in.
Seemingly week after week, a new school would offer him a scholarship. In the end, 27 schools made him offers, including BCS programs Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida, Miami, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU.
Having to change high schools as a senior is a lot to ask of a student. But Carter, who followed his father’s job to Dallas, saw it as an opportunity to shine in a big city.
“I just knew when I came down here, I was going to have to go off like I did there,” he said. “But I wasn’t sad, even though I had family and friends there. Really, it’s been a blessing.”
A blessing, Carter explained, that allowed him more visibility to college coaches and programs.
In a district filled with talented defensive players, including Texas pledge and Carter outside linebacker Cameron Hampton, Carter was named co-defensive MVP in District 11-4A, sharing the honors with South Oak Cliff junior defensive tackle Jalen Goss.
“He was very athletic and very physical,” Adamson coach Josh Ragsdale wrote in a text message. “Explosive off the line of scrimmage; Had a nose for the ball.”
Carter’s fast rise is reflected in the updated SportsDayHS area top 100 rankings, debuting at No. 37 among some of the area’s best talents.
Sometimes, all it takes is one offer.
Desmon White, DeSoto’s star quarterback, wasn’t an unknown. He was merely a player who was grossly overlooked because of his 5-8, 160-pound frame. The senior, who was named the APSE Class 5A offensive player of the year, had only one offer — from Division II Harding University — until early October. But North Texas reached out with a scholarship as a slot receiver. White, now No. 52 on the SportsDayHS list, originally pledged to UNT, until TCU came calling just a few weeks later.
“I was relieved to get that first offer off my chest,” White said. “But I was surprised that TCU came through like that with one, too.”
Mike Coley, a first-team all-district defensive back and wide receiver at Irving, also jumped into the SportsDayHS rankings at No. 79, picking up offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, UT-San Antonio and Washington right before Christmas break.
Coley was being courted by Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease, Irving coach Aaron De La Torre said, before Pease was fired from Will Muschamp’s staff in early December. Pease was hired two weeks later by new Washington coach Chris Petersen and immediately reached out with an offer to Coley.
“You don’t find 6-3 corners every day,” De La Torre said. “I think he’s one that’s going to pick up even more before it’s over.”
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