The defensive end from Norcross (Ga.) High School said so during an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week following his official visit to LSU.
“With the changes going on right now and the visits I’m taking, I’ve just got to sit back and just let it all happen,” Carter said.
A lot will happen for Carter in the next week and a half leading up to signing day on Feb. 5. He’ll hear from coaches at Florida, Georgia, LSU and Florida State. He maintains all four schools still have a shot at landing him.
LSU improved its standing with Carter during his visit to Baton Rouge.
“Going into the visit they were a little behind,” Carter said. “That was just because how late they came in but I think they did a pretty good job.”
Carter, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 4 weakside defensive end by Rivals.com, will take an official visit to Florida State on Sunday. The Seminoles have plenty to offer.
“Like LSU, they send defensive linemen to the NFL,” Carter said. “And they’re national champs.”
Georgia was fortunate to hire defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt away from the national champs. Pruitt, who joined Georgia’s staff on Jan. 14, has made Carter a priority for Georgia’s 2014 class.
“He reassured that I’m still the No. 1 guy on his board,” Carter said.
Georgia will receive Carter’s final official visit before signing day. He told the AJC people still tell him to “stay in state and represent Georgia.” It’s difficult to tell if that pressure will influence Carter’s decision.
“I’ve still got to look at other options,” he said.
A report from 247Sports cited multiple sources calling Georgia a slight leader ahead of Florida with LSU and Florida State both trying to make up ground in Carter’s recruitment. His father, Leo Carter, was asked by the website if those sources were correct.
“To be honest, the way you stated it, I would say it is probably exactly accurate at this point,” Carter said.
Kentucky lands defensive back Randolph
Defensive back Kendall Randolph from Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla., committed to Kentucky on Tuesday.
Randolph, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 21 cornerback by ESPN RecruitingNation, chose the Wildcats over Louisville and Oklahoma.
Randolph wrote the following to ESPN in a text message:
“Kentucky is a program where I feel like I can come in at and make an impact the earliest,” Randolph said in the text message. “I’ve been close with Coach [Mark] Stoops since my freshman year and I feel like he along with the rest of the staff has my best interest at heart & will put me in the best position to succeed on and off the field. A lot of people are sleeping on UK right now. It’s time to wake them up #BBN”
Randolph is the 25th commitment for Kentucky’s 2014 class, which is ranked No. 14 in the nation by Rivals. Randolph is an important pick up for the Wildcats, according to ESPN’s Tom Luginbill. He wrote in part:
“This is a major land for Kentucky at a position of need, as we believe the Wildcats are getting a top-level defensive back who should provide immediate depth not only at corner but potentially at nickel and safety in certain schemes. He is versatile and ahead of the curve in terms of understanding the nuances of coverage and should adjust quickly to what Kentucky does defensively, particularly in its zone schemes.“
Randolph is the second defensive back ranked inside the ESPN300 to commit to Kentucky’s 2014 class, joining Darius West from Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic High School. West is the No. 18 ranked cornerback in the nation, according to ESPN.
Brown sets officials… which could change
Junior defensive end Mekhi Brown from Columbus (Ga.) Carver High School has already committed to Alabama. He’s also decided he wants to officially visit several schools before he signs in 2015.
I’m taking officials to Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, USC and Stanford. This list could change.
— Mekhi Quintay Brown (@mekhibrown_10) January 20, 2014
Brown points out the list could change, which means his recruitment could end up being very fluid until he makes his final college decision.
Brown will be a heavily-recruited prospect until he officially signs with a school. He’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 weakside defensive end and No. 26 overall prospect by Rivals.
Brown’s decision to visit other schools shouldn’t come as a surprise. He’s maintained through the recruiting process that he plans to take visits.
“The coaches at Bama want me to,” Brown told Rivals in October. “They don’t want to just have me locked down just on them. They want me to visit other schools and see how they compare to Alabama.”