Carter Coming Down to Wire

Elijah Carter is trying to determine if he is going to sign early or not.

One of the best remaining uncommitted point guards in the 2011 class is Elijah Carter. The Brewster Academy floor general has been entertaining numerous suitors since blowing up over the summer. Now he is trying to figure out if signing early is what he plans to do.

Sorting through the decision hasn't been easy for Carter. Originally he committed to St. Bonaventure as a member of the 2010 class, but since re-classifying things have picked up for him and now Carter is just trying to sort it all out.

"It is getting kind of crazy because I wanted to sign early, but it is just hard to decide on which school I want to go to," said Carter about the current state of his recruitment.

A big decision for Carter will be whether he is going to announce his decision on Wednesday with his Brewster teammates or wait until the spring.

"I haven't really made a decision yet," Carter explained. "I wanted to sign early, but if it doesn't work out then it just doesn't."

Currently four schools remain involved. They are Charlotte, Oregon State, Seton Hall, and South Florida.

A New Jersey native, Carter is very intrigued by what Seton Hall has to offer.

"It is always a plus to play close to home, especially if you are going to play right away," said Carter of the Pirates. "I know a couple of the players there so that is definitely a plus."

Charlotte has been recruiting Carter since Alan Major started on the job in April, and the 49ers are one of the schools that have made a big impression on him.

"They have been recruiting me for a while," said Carter of Charlotte. "I have a good relationship with the coaches and I am real comfortable with everybody there including the players. When I went out there I had a real nice time."

When it comes to Oregon State, the Beavers have had some success recruiting the Northeast in the past, and are trying to continue that with Carter.

"The distance doesn't really have any impact," explained of Oregon State. "I just want to go anywhere that fits my game. When I went out there I had a real good time. The students seemed to have a nice college experience, and Devon Collier is out there and he likes it."

Finally there is South Florida. The Bulls just recently got involved, and Carter is listening to what they have to say.

"They just called me and let me know how they felt," said Carter. "I listened with an open mind, and just told them I am really interested."

While Carter doesn't know when he is going to sign, he does know what he will be looking for in terms of a commitment.

"The most important thing is if I feel comfortable with the coaches and if a school feels like a home away from home," said Carter. "I also want to make an impact as a freshman. That doesn't mean I need to start or anything, but just somewhere where I can play."

Carter is rated as a three-star prospect.


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