Toneil Carter, the No. 70 overall player in the country according to Scout, announced that he has committed to the Bulldogs on Sunday at The Opening. Carter is also considered the No. 1 RB in Texas and the No. 8 overall back in the country.
“It was a pretty easy decision,” Carter said of picking the Bulldogs. “It was all on me. It was where I felt like was the best for me.”
Perhaps the biggest reason for picking UGA was that the four-star prospect has become very close to UGA running backs coach Dell McGee. That and the obvious fact that UGA has put so many players into professional football.
“I look at Dell McGee as a father figure,” Carter said. “He’s a great spiritual leader - I know that for a fact. He just brings a lot to the table. UGA has put a lot of players out into the NFL as well,” Carter added.
Carter will more than likely be joined by at least one more running back in this signing class. The Bulldogs are in hot pursuit of 5-star Cam Akers (No. 3 RB) and 4-star D'Andre Swift (No. 4 RB).
“Carter has the size to be able to run through arm tackles and shows good burst to make defenders miss,” Scout recruiting analyst Greg Powers said. “He has good top-end speed, and it shows on tape as he is able to take runs the distance once he gets a crease. He is better running north and south, but does show the ability to stop and go to extend plays and dodge defenders.”
Carter is the 14th prospect in UGA’s class of 2017. All but three of those prospects are ranked in the Scout 300, meaning that Kirby Smart's recruiting efforts have resulted in a class that's 79% full of players from the 300 prospects in the country. That's the highest rate in UGA recruiting history. The commitment also moved the Bulldogs into 3rd place in Scout’s national recruiting rankings.