Official visit firms up commitment for Carter

Phillip Carter spent the last week reviewing his decision and trip to Duke.

The past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for Folsolm (Calif.) athlete Phillip Carter Jr.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound committed to San Jose State in late October, saying he was "stuck" on the Spartans. However, the departure of head coach Mike MacIntyre to Colorado set his commitment in disarray, as Carter opened up his recruitment and began to receive interest from a few new programs, including Duke.

"Duke offered me a couple of weeks after Coach MacIntyre left San Jose State. They came in contact with me a few days later. [Duke head coach David] Cutcliffe and Coach MacIntyre are close friends, so they didn't want to recruit me while I was a San Jose State commit," he said.

The Blue Devils did a good job of recruiting Carter. When receivers coach Matt Lubick, his area recruiter, and defensive backs coach Derek Jones arrived in California for Carter's in-home, the athlete had some good news to share.

"The coaches were at my in-home visit about two weeks ago. My family and I were talking with them and I committed," he said.

This past weekend, Carter, who was recruited to play safety, took his official visit - and his first ever trip - to Duke's campus.

"It was great. The whole experience was really fun. I got there Friday evening; Friday night was their team banquet, so I went down there and met my host, Corbin McCarthy, and he showed me the freshman dorms, things like that. The next day we toured the whole campus and the football facilities and just hung out that night.

"All throughout the weekend, I was talking with Coach Cutcliffe. On the last day, we had a meeting with him, with he and my parents, right before I left," he said.

Carter found himself getting along well with McCarthy, who passed along some words of advice.

"He's from California, too, so he told me about how different it is and the changes that he went through. He gave me a lot of advice about working out and how to prepare for the college experience," he said.

The trip solidified Carter's commitment and he headed home impressed with his future program.

"Everything is state-of-the-art, the football room. It's called the Yoh Football Center; it's pretty new, I think it was built within the past four or five years. They are also expanding the stadium and they have both a full outdoor and indoor practice field, so I was impressed with all of that," he said.

The Blue Devils' are landing a talented prospect in Carter, who tentatively plans to head to campus in late June or early July.

His senior year, Carter had ninety tackles, two interceptions, ten pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries. On the offensive side, he had over 600 receiving yards and set a record on the All-Time California State list for most receiving yards in a single game with ten receptions for 317 yards and five touchdowns.

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