Tamani Carter Traveling

2011 cornerback Tamani Carter embarks on his official visit tour this week. The Ohio product expects to see Iowa and others in December.

Tamani Carter's recruitment is heading into high gear. With his senior season behind him, he's set to find the best fit at the next level.

"I'm still wide open," the 2011 CB prospect from Ohio said. "I definitely started researching the schools that have offered me since the season ended. Now, I need to get out on some officials visits to see what they're like in person."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Carter is scheduled to take his first official visit this weekend, when he travels to Arizona. The Wildcats play host to in-state rival Arizona State.

"It should be pretty crazy," he said. "I'm looking forward to it."

Carter plans to set up official visits to Iowa, Stanford, Minnesota and Kent State, the other schools from whom he holds scholarship offers. He hopes to have them scheduled within the next week or so.

"All of those schools have kept in real good contact," Carter said. "I have a really good relationship with the coaches at all of those schools."

Carter said he does not have a favorite school at this point or the programs in any sort of order.

"I really want to take these officials so I can compare them," he said. "I want to get a good feel for what the coaches and players are like and what it would be like to be a player at that school and attend that college."

Carter sent to schools a midseason highlight tape and was set to mail his final video on Monday. Others schools liked what they saw from the first tape and in scouting his senior season.

"Yeah, some bigger schools like Michigan and Vanderbilt are starting to get more involved," Carter said. "They say they like how I play and are just waiting to get a chance to evaluate me some more."

Carter helped Pickering Central reach the regional finals this season. The Tigers fell to Hilliard Davidson, 13-6.

"I'd say we had a great year," Carter said. "It was a hard-fought game that went right down to the final seconds."

Stanford has enjoyed the best season of the schools that have offered Carter. Arizona also has put together a solid season. Iowa has posted a 7-5 mark, and Minnesota was 3-9 and is searching for a head coach.

Iowa did lose to Arizona and Minnesota in road games this year. While Carter was watching, he said records won't factor into his decision.

"It's more important for me to go into a situation where I can compete for playing time early in my career," he said. "I don't want to wait until I'm a junior or senior before the depth chart opens up."

Carter said that he'd like to make his decision sometime in January.

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