Duke Football generated some of their own fireworks on Monday night as Georgia athlete Michael Carter, II announced his commitment via Twitter.
Michael Carter, II, a three star safety prospect from Douglasville (Ga.) South Paulding High committed to Duke on Monday night. Carter chose the Blue Devils over a number of offers including Clemson, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt.
“I felt deep down it was the place (for me),” Carter told TDD. “Everything they've done from my sophomore year until now, they went over and beyond to get me.”
Primarily recruited by assistant coach Matt Guerrieri, Carter is the fifth player from Georgia to commit to Duke this recruiting year. And though he announced his decision on July 4th, he actually committed to Duke on Sunday.
“I told coach Guerrieri last night (July 3rd) that I was going to commit. Then I talked to coach Cut this morning and they were both super excited to welcome me to the family.”
And what was the message from his future coaches?
“What they both said that really stuck out to me was that I'm an amazing football player but an even better person. That just lets me know that football is important but they care about how you develop as a person more than that.”
Measuring out at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Carter will stay on the defensive side of the ball at the collegiate level, though his final position isn’t quite set just yet.
“They said safety or corner or nickel. They like my versatility to do anything on the field whether it's special teams, go down and cover the slot because I'm so fast, or man up on the outside because I'm physical too.”
Carter is rated as the No. 16 safety in the state of Georgia.