Houston (Texas) Worthing athlete Tyrone Carrier is set to take his official visit to the University of Houston this weekend, a trip he hopes will solidify the commitment he gave the Cougars a few months back.
Carrier, the speedy wide receiver who excels at track as well as football, saw his senior year cut short when he broke his ankle in two places and damaged ligaments during a game in late September.
Despite the injury, Houston coaches accepted his verbal pledge soon after.
"I'm getting out of school early on Dec. 12 to have the surgery to take out the screws," Carrier said. "I should be back to normal a few weeks after that. It feels really good right now."
Carrier attended Houston's win over Southern Miss in the Conference USA championship but witnessed most of the game in a restaurant down the street from the stadium, not wanting to bear the frigid temperatures.
He liked what he saw from the Cougars, especially how they utilized their offensive weapons.
"There was a lot of speed out there," Carrier said. "What they did fits me perfectly."
The University of Florida has recently began to show interest in Carrier, something that has certainly peeked his interest. However, the two sides have not set up a visit and an official scholarship offer has not been made.
Carrier says he is looking forward to suiting up for the Cougars if things go as planned.
"I'm ready to start making some big plays for Houston," he said. "I plan on starting as a true freshman."
This weekend will be his first chance to check out the university up close and see everything it has to offer.
Will this visit put a final stamp on his recruitment?
"I know it will," he said.
Carrier said he will definitely be full speed when track starts in February. That will come as bad news to 4A tracksters in Texas. He has won three gold medals in the state track meet in the last few years.
Carrier is also working on his academic situation. He has also been offered by Blinn Junior College.