Is Carter the next OU-TCU battle?

Might be more than bragging rights on the line between Oklahoma and TCU. Defensive lineman Trey Carter has offers and interest in both schools.

When the Big 12 conference changed its member schools a couple of years ago, there was a lot of talk about how it was going to affect recruiting going forward.

Most people pointed toward the fact Texas A&M going to the SEC would open Texas even more to schools in the conference. There's certainly no reason to say that hasn't happened.

But another big change was the welcoming of TCU into the Big 12 camp. TCU football coach Gary Patterson has done a tremendous job during his time in Fort Worth, and it felt like the Horned Frogs would see a rise in their recruiting stock.

They have, and it has come at the expense of regional school used to coming in and swiping major prospects in the Dallas Metroplex area because they were the best and closest option to home.

That argument doesn't hold water anymore. And right now Oklahoma is learning that recruiting linemen on the trail is a lot more difficult with TCU in the mix.

The Horned Frogs have already bested the Sooners twice during this cycle for top offensive linemen. Dallas Skyline four-star offensive tackle Ty Barrett was down to OU, TCU, Ole Miss and Texas Tech before picking Patterson's bunch in August.

It came as a bit of a surprise as it felt like OU coaches Jay Boulware and Bill Bedenbaugh had put in their due diligence to earn the top prospect.

Not to the same extent, but the Sooners were somewhat confident regarding Tyler (Texas) junior college offensive guard Frank Kee. But Kee picked TCU over OU and others in June.

"TCU has not only made the move to the region's biggest conference, it has also upgraded its football facilities, giving the coaching staff there a lot to sell," said Greg Powers, national recruiting analyst. "TCU was playing in major college games before moving to the Big 12.

"But now that it is in the conference it the chance to sell playing at home and playing at home in the region's most recognizable conference."

That's not to say OU has been shut out. Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson running back Samaje Perine and Tulsa (Okla.) Union wide receiver Jeffery Mead each had TCU offers but committed to the Sooners. It's a little bit different at the skill positions, though, as OU has never had trouble there.

The offensive and defensive lines are another story with chapters still left to be written for this class. One more might be on the table this weekend when TCU visits the undefeated Sooners. Dallas Pinkston defensive lineman Trey Carter was offered by TCU in the summer, and it has been apparent the Horned Frogs were his top choice.

OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery first noticed Carter when he was at a smaller school in Shreveport, La. Carter moved to Dallas this summer.

Since the move, Carter has continued to excel on the field, and Montgomery offered Carter a couple of weeks ago. Pretty familiar with the TCU coaching staff, Saturday will give Carter a chance to get up close and personal with the Sooners as he makes an unofficial visit.

"To me, it's a big opportunity because I'm being recruited by both schools," Carter said. "It's kind of like may the best school win, you know.

"It's my top school vs. my other top school."

Carter watched TCU play its first game of the season against LSU at Cowboys Stadium and said he has a great relationship with the coaches. And admitted it wouldn't be too bad to not have to travel for college so his family could watch him play.

Carter said he is now talking to Montgomery at least once or twice a week as well. Carter said he doesn't intend to commit after this weekend, but it's a possibility.

"Whatever happens, happens," Carter said. "I'm excited about my future."

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