Scout 100 DB Carter talks pledge

Alabama came out of the dead period with its initial 2016 commitment on Sunday, and two days later is has No. 2 in Scout 100 cornerback Shyheim Carter. The four-star picked the Crimson Tide over a who's who offer list.

Shyheim Carter wowed Alabama's coaching staff last month at camp, earning a verbal scholarship offer in the process, and on Tuesday the Scout 100 class of 2016 cornerback projection took the next step and pledged to Nick Saban and company.

The commitment from the 5-foot-11, 184-pounder out of Kentwood (La.) High is the second the Crimson Tide has received in the rising-junior class in three days following Benito Jones' decision.

"It's home," he said after the decision. "No other place felt like Alabama, this is home for me. I just felt the love here. It's from everybody around here."

Carter delivered the news to his future head coach just after lunchtime on Tuesday.

"He (Saban) called me into his office to talk to him and I told him I wanted to officially commit. His eyes lit up, he was in shock," he said laughing. "Three seconds later, he said he was happy. He said I didn't just commit to Alabama, I committed to everything they do."

A talented two-way standout in high school, as a running back, wide receiver and defensive back, Carter's pledge gives the class a potential boost in versatility on either side of the football.

But his path in Tuscaloosa will begin on defense.

"Coach says I'm going to play corner," he said. "He was telling me that I shouldn't worry about the guys they have there, like Tony Brown and Marlon Humphrey and all of them. He doesn't want me there for them, he wants me there for me.

"I love playing corner. I just play. Personally, I did good at the camp this week."

Earning the offer and performing well was somewhat of a redemption song after the 2013 summer camp circuit and his stop in town.

"Last year I came, I participated in the camp and I sprained my ankle," Carter said. "This year, last month, I came and I was ready and they offered me. I knew then that I wanted to come here, I've known that.

"I'm excited."

The excitement will officially begin in January 2016, shortly after the Louisianan is preparing to graduate high school. Like Jones, he will enroll early on campus.

"I just want to be around the people I'm going to be around for the next four years," he said. "I already have, but getting in there early is for me, I want to be there."

Carter reports that his family was happy with his not-so-surprising decision, though they have not been to Tuscaloosa just yet. It should change this fall.

"They're happy for me," he said. "My mom and my grandma said they'll be here for every game even though they're in Louisiana. They haven't been yet, but they're coming up here for a game (this year)."

Still looking for new offers and planning to take visits, Carter maintains that the recruiting process is over and he is indeed "all Alabama."


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