Utah defensive end Xavier Carlton enters the transfer portal, per report
With Utah set to undergo some changeover on the defensive line this offseason, second-year freshman defensive end Xavier Carlton figured to factor heavily into the conversation for next year’s full-time starters.
Instead, Carlton will be playing elsewhere. The Herriman, Utah, native has put his name into the transfer portal, according to 247Sports.
Utah defensive end Xavier Carlton has entered the NCAA Transfer Portal. Recorded 18 tackles this season, four for loss https://t.co/l5TdyDWTZx @247SportsPortal @UteZone
— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 3, 2022
Carlton was a 2020 commit and a 4-star in the 247 Composite. Rated as the 10th-best strongside defensive end and the 268th overall prospect in his class, Carlton chose Utah over Washington, Ohio State, Cal, and Arizona State, among others. Washington made a significant run at landing his services late in the cycle.
A 6-foot-6, 272-pound end, Carlton played in four games as a true freshmen and then made 11 appearances and two starts this season for the Utes. He had 18 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, and a pass breakup on the year.