Allen Cater says choosing between Arkansas and North Carolina will be tough

Three-star defensive end Allen Cater has a difficult decision looming.

The looming decision facing Allen Cater won't be easy.

After being offered by several schools, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana and Wake Forest, the three-star defensive end from Marietta (Ga.) Mt. Paran Christian School has his list whittled down to two: Arkansas and North Carolina.

"Honestly, it's a hard decision," Cater said. "Both schools have what I want. I just want to make sure that I chose a school that I feel will help me be successful, athletically and academically, and I feel like both school would do that really well."

One thing the Razorbacks have going for them is the University of Arkansas' top-notch Walton College of Business. The college is funded by Bentonville-based Walmart, which is No. 1 of the Fortune 500 list.

"Just the relationships that I have with the coaches and how well their business school is," Cater said when asked what attracted him about Arkansas. "Having one of the biggest companies (Walmart) in Northwest Arkansas is a big impact. That's something to look at when you graduate school."

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and defensive line coach Rory Segrest have been Cater's main recruiters and he said they have developed a nice relationship.

"Sometimes we talk about life itself and what they want out of their players, not just football," Cater said. "Also, in general, talking about the process, whether or not I go to Arkansas, just making sure that I understand the whole process."

It also doesn't hurt that the Razorbacks have produced NFL-level defensive linemen in recent seasons.

Defensive ends Chris Smith and Trey Flowers, as well as defensive tackle Darius Philon have been selected in the previous two NFL drafts.

"It's definitely a thing to look in to," Cater said. "I know that the NFL isn't guaranteed, everyone has a different situation, but it is good to know that the scouts are looking at Arkansas for d-linemen."

Still, Cater knows he must make a final decision soon.

He said he will announce his choice during a ceremony at his high school on National Signing Day, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. central.


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