It had been six days since East Texas' most coveted recruit in the 2017 class received a formal invitation to join a college football program. That streak ended Wednesday.

Liberty-Eylau defensive end Lagaryonn Carson received his eighth Division I FBS offer, and this one came from SMU, the Leopards' coaching staff confirmed to early Wednesday afternoon.

Carson (6-3, 261) received his first two offers -- from Texas and Alabama -- on May 6. Ever since, the talented pass rusher has been confronted with an early swell of recruiting attention in the final days of his sophomore year of high school.

And it doesn't appear things will slow down any time soon, as the spring evaluation period will soon give way to summer satellite camps.

Carson is the first East Texas 2017 prospect with an SMU offer. However, the Mustangs have four offers out to regional players in the 2016 cycle.

SMU hired ex-Texas high school football coaching giant and former Tulsa and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris following the conclusion of a dreadful 2014 season for the Mustangs, which began with an in-season resignation of coach June Jones and ended with a 1-11 record.

The Mustangs have always had a fairly strong footprint in the world of East Texas recruiting, signing a couple of area natives in both the 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes. While SMU did not pick up an East Texan on National Signing Day this February, the Mustangs did eventually sign Waskom's Kevin Johnson, a late qualifier, earlier this month.

Carson's size and strength make him a strong candidate for major college football. The bloodlines don't hurt, either. He is cousins with former Liberty-Eylau stars Tra Carson (Texas A&M running back) and Davion Hall (Baylor receiver).

As a sophomore, Carson record 94 tackles and five sacks, helping a youthful Leopards team reach the state quarterfinal round for the first time since L-E's 2006 state championship run.

Expectations will be high for the Leoaprds this season with the return of players like Carson, quarterback/athlete Ke'Mon Freeman (Arkansas State, North Texas offers), running back Lamont Byrd, receiver Thurman Morbley, and linebackers DeMarcus Pegue and Andre Wiley, Jr. (six FBS offers).

Liberty-Eylau opens the season Aug. 28 against defending Class 4A Division II state champion Gilmer.

2017 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Lagaryonn Carson, DE, Liberty-Eylau, 6-3, 261 — offers from Alabama, Baylor, North Texas, Oklahoma, SMU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M (8)
  • Trestan Ebner, WR/S, Henderson, 5-11, 180 — offer from Kansas (1)
  • Montrell Estell, WR/S, Hooks, 6-2, 180 — offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
  • Octavius Evans, WR, Center, 6-1, 186 — offers from Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech (2)
  • Damion Miller, WR, John Tyler, 6-0, 189 — offers from Kansas, Texas Tech (2)
  • Major Tennison, TE, Bullard, 6-4, 220 — offer from Texas Tech (1)