The first commitment of the 2022 Rice football recruiting class in the books. Defensive lineman Davion Carter has committed to the Owls.
It’s been a relatively quiet spring on South Main, at least as far as the 2022 Rice football recruiting class was concerned. But even without a commitment through the end of March, the Owls were hard at work behind the scenes, having already offered several priority targets. Now one of those targets has become the first commitment.
Mesquite defensive lineman Davion Carter has committed to the Owls. His addition marks the second year in a row Rice has landed secured a commitment from their first defensive offer, following in the footsteps of linebacker DJ Arkansas.
Like Arkansas, Carter will form a strong foundation for what Rice hopes to be another highly regarded class. 247 Sports currently ranks Carter as the No. 12 highest-rated commitment in Rice history. Carter picked Rice over offers from Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Marshall and others. He’ll be the first of many to come in the 2022 class.
Rice has started to get used to having the tandem of Elijah Garcia and De’Braylon Carroll in the middle of the field. Carter looks to be the next man up in the lineage and someone that can make a difference quickly. It’s hard to win against him inside, making it fairly easy to see why the Owls were drawn to him from the start.
Carter is a force to be reckoned with in the interior of the defensive line. He has the power to blow his man back and disrupt passing lanes. At the same time, he possesses enough quickness and vision to chase down ballcarriers while they’re still in the backfield. Getting someone of his ability in the defensive trenches is huge win for the 2022 class.