Carpenter was an early arrival at Tech and felt at home as soon as he arrived. He hung out with the players before the other recruits arrived. “I could really see a difference at Tech from the other places I visited. The players are real close at Tech.”
Saturday was a busy day for Tariq. He toured both the athletic and academic facilities. “They let us know about the improvements that will be made at the request of the coaches.” Carpenter liked that the new AD was on the same page with the coaches. “Sunday we had the exit talks and I told them I wanted to come to Tech.”
The previous Thursday, Tariq had an idea that he would be choosing Tech. He was waiting to see if Miami would offer, following his visit, but they never did. “Georgia Tech has always been at the top for me and they never wavered one bit.” Tariq woke up Thursday without a Miami offer and knew that a decision that might have been hard to make just got real easy. “I’m going to go where I am wanted and appreciated and that is Georgia Tech.”
Having relatives close by also entered into Tariq’s decision. “I have an uncle that I am very close to. He lives in Tucker which is about 20 minutes from Tech. He’s right there for me.” That and the way the coaches and players made him feel on the visit led to Tariq’s decision to choose Tech.
Tech tackle Brentavious Glanton hosted Carpenter on his visit. “We are from the same parts of Georgia and the coaches wanted me to get firsthand knowledge from a player that lives fairly close to me and one that could answer questions I have better than anyone else on the team.”
Tariq received a pleasant surprise when Coach Paul Johnson talked to him. “He wants me to be a safety but also play wide receiver. He said he wanted to take advantage of how physical I am on the field.” Tech likes that Carpenter can be tougher than the player that is defending him. “I can’t wait until fall camp gets here.”
In addition to getting help from his parents, Tariq also received help from his coach. “He prayed with me and my family and we all feel Georgia Tech is the best place for me to become the best person I can be.”
Long County will be holding a signing day ceremony at 2pm this Wednesday. “Rest assured. I am locked in 100% to Tech. Come signing day, I will become a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.”