Clemson already can lay claim to one of the top prospects in Georgia in CB Jordan Hancock of Suwanee. He committed last week after attending the junior day March 7th. His teammate, 4-star LB Barrett Carter (6-1 210) was also at that junior day with his parents. He’s not as far down the road on a decision as Hancock was, but the visit put Clemson in a high spot with Carter as he works thru the 11 finalists on his list out of 54 offers.
“When we got to Clemson, I knew where I was already because we have been there three times already,” Carter said . “I am very comfortable with Clemson and the city. I felt at home at Clemson. It’s a great environment there. The coaching staff is so welcoming. I love how Coach (Dabo) Swinney is very Christ-based. That sticks out about a coach.”
Carter sat down with Swinney for a one-on-one conversation. He also got time alone with defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables who told him he sees a lot of former star Isaiah Simmons in him.
“I am not 6-4, I am just 6-1, but I am a shorter version of Isaiah because of how versatile and athletic I am. That is a huge compliment to me,” Carter said. “I would say that I am very versatile. I can cover anybody on the field. I can also play in the box. I am sideline to sideline and I am pretty fast. I can cover a lot of ground and make plays all over, My versatility is what sets me apart. I can make plays all over the field. It’s my dream to play in the NFL, so to see how he develops linebackers speaks volumes to me.”
Along with Clemson, Carter now is working with a short list of Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Florida, Duke, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and LSU. Recruiting visits are on hold for everybody right now but when they return, he plans a return visit to Clemson.
“I do have my top group but I prefer to keep that private,” Carter said. “Everyone thinks that Clemson is this big football school and it’s just football, but they are so much more than that. But Clemson has offered something like 60 kids in my grade, and it shows how having that offer is so prestigious and a blessing. They are very picky in how they recruit and it’s just a blessing to have an offer from them.”
According to MaxPreps stats, last season Carter had 76 tackles with 9 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and 7 quarterback hurries.