BREAKING NEWS:<br> Carter is a Tiger

It looks as if Nick Saban is putting the finishing touches on the nation's top recruiting class for the second year in a row. <br><br> The fastest high school player in the country, Melbourne-Palm Bay wide receiver Xavier Carter, cast his lot with the Tigers Sunday at 2:30 p.m. EST. <br><br> Carter, the third-ranked wide out in the nation, chose LSU over the neighboring Florida Gators.

Also a track star, Carter won the state 400 meter title as a freshman. He won both the 200 and 400 as a sophomore and pulled a clean sweep as a junior. On the gridiron, Carter had 33 receptions for 618 yards and nine touchdowns in 2003 for the Pirates.

"I just feel like LSU's offense fits me because they pass the ball down the field," Carter said today from his Palm Bay home.

Carter is the third wide receiver in two seasons from Florida to choose the Tigers. A year ago, LSU locked up commitments down the stretch from Jacksonville-First Coast's Amp Hill and Miami-Norland star Dwayne Bowe.

"He (Carter) has great size and is strong," added Jamie Newburg of "His hands are better than advertised, he's determined and he hustles. He does have much to learn about the position, but so do all the kids. The sky's the limit for him as a football player."

Carter has several ties to Baton Rouge, where his mother and two sisters currently reside. His father, Ken, went to college at Southern University in Baton Rouge.

Carter is expected to play football and run track for Pat Henry's perennial national champion LSU Track team.

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