Carter:'Best thing I’ve ever been to'

Alabama hosted several commitments in the class of 2015 for its big win over Texas A&M on Saturday, and the highest-rated 2016 pledge was among the group of visitors as well. Shyheim Carter’s trip to Tuscaloosa was his first for a game this year and offered him a chance to catch up with old friends.

Class of 2016 Alabama commitment Shyheim Carter made his first trip to Tuscaloosa on Saturday to see the Crimson Tide clobber Texas A&M, but he nearly didn’t make it in.

“We got there a little late, because we had car trouble, but I talked to Coach (Nick) Saban and the rest of the coaching staff when we got there,” he said. “I talked to the players there, Bradley Sylve, Landon Collins, Reggie Ragland and a few other guys.

“I talked to Coach (Burton) Burns and Coach Saban before and after the game, they’re just ready for me to come up there and I’m ready to come up there. I can’t wait to get through this year-and-a-half of high school.”

Planning on enrolling at Alabama in January of 2016, Carter admits that he doesn’t need to be recruited as much by the Crimson Tide staff, though it still puts in work with the four-star athlete when he’s on campus. Otherwise, it’s more casual and has been since he pulled the trigger in mid-July.

“It’s a bit of both,” he said of UA’s approach. “They still recruit me pretty hard, and my commitment to Alabama is pretty solid. I just love the atmosphere up there, there’s nothing I dislike about Alabama. I like everything about Alabama.“

The showing the program put on in front of a national television audience certainly didn’t hurt the perception from the junior out of Kentwood (La.) High School.

“A few weeks before, we played Ole Miss and weren’t looking to good, but they really impressed me,” he said. “Landon Collins impressed me, Tony (Brown) impressed me, the whole defense did. I like everything they run, it’s my type of playing, I fit that type of plan.

“I just like everything abuot it. Every time I’m on my way to Alabama, I just get that feeling. I just love it. It was basically the best thing I’ve ever been to. The crowd was in it and everybody was into the game.”

Several players he has a relationship with also factor into Alabama’s hold on Carter’s commitment.

“I hang out with Landon and them, and I ran track against Bradley in my seventh grade year,” he said. “Me and him have been in contact ever since. Then me and him, Landon, and others always hang out when I’m up there. Down here, I stay in the country, there’s nothing down here that I don’t see up there. I just like it better up there than I do down here.

“When (I’m there), we just talk about the game, how they’ve been doing, how I’ve been doing, life and school up there.”

The No. 47 2016 prospect in the class and No. 3 cornerback projection at 5-foot-11, 184 pounds, Carter is still hearing plenty from other programs and he welcomes it. He’s still early in the recruiting timeline committed to a program or not, and he’ll make sure he has a full experience before he takes the next step.

But he maintains his status and satisfaction with his decision in the process.

“I call my recruiting coaches every week,” Carter said. “After ‘Bama, I call Clemson, Ole Miss, Georgia, Texas A&M. I still want to take all my visits. Besides Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are recruiting me very hard.

“But my commitment is solid, I’m not going nowhere.”

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