Morgan Carter Getting Attention

With a performance worthy of positional MVP honors at the elite combine in New Jersey just a few short weeks back, Woodbridge, Va., athlete Morgan Carter has caught the eye of the Michigan State staff. With a Spartan offer now tucked into his back pocket, GoSpartans.net caught up with Carter to see where his recruitment stands as summer camp circuit approaches.

It's starting to heat up.

After picking up a pair of February offers from Connecticut and Rutgers, a breakthrough performance at a recent elite combine has schools across the country looking at Morgan Carter, a 6-foot-4, 196-pound athlete who has potential to be a game changer on both sides of the ball.

"I've actually been to a couple camps," Carter told GoSpartans.net. "I went to the elite combine camp and then was at the Penn State Nike Camp a few weeks ago. I actually came in a little lighter at the elite camp. I weighed in at 6-foot-4, 193-pounds. At the Penn State camp I was 6-foot-4, 196-pounds."

No matter the location, Carter has been tearing up the circuit for weeks. In January, just weeks before receiving his second scholarship offer, the native Virginian started making a name for himself against some of the best talent in the country at the Army All-American combine.

"We (Carter and five-star cornerback Boubacar Cissoko) matched up at the All-American combine in San Antonio," Carter said. "I feel like I got the best of him there. We went at it and a lot of people saw us get after it."

Four months, and who knows how much smack talk, later, the two were at it again, this time at the elite combine that brought Carter to the light.

"I was really looking forward to going against him at the elite combine, and he did finally jump out there just once. It was a good match up, but I think I got the best of him. The pass was a little off so I didn't finish it exactly the way I wanted it, but it was good to match up against him."

As a result of his efforts at the camp, Carter was selected as the positional MVP for the receivers group. Shortly after, his hard work was rewarded.

"It's when Michigan State offered me," Carter said. "After I left the combine, two or three days later a couple coaches came in for a visit.

"Coach Harlon Barnett came and talked for a little bit. He said the receivers coach at MSU was up there and happened to see me and was impressed. He suggested that I get offered and then I was offered right there. Today we spoke for a little bit. He got to speak to my family a little bit today too and I feel like we're starting to build a really good connection. I'm going to meet head coach Mark Dantonio at school on Friday, actually.

"I'm being recruited as an athlete. I can go all over the field. I think that's what's special about me. A lot of coaches like my versatility. They don't know what side of the ball or what position I'll be at, just that I'm going to play and that's really great. I just want to get on the field."

Along with increased interest from the Spartans, numerous other programs across the nation have taken notice of the Woodbridge, Va., star.

Alabama, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, BC, Georgia Tech, Purdue, LSU, Vanderbilt, Washington, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Maryland, Stanford, UNC, Tennessee, Syracuse and NC State have all been in recent contact, and, with family ties all across the nation have the talented C.D. Hylton star plans on taking his time and enjoying the recruiting process.

"My mom is actually an alumnus at Arkansas and my dad went to school at Toledo," Carter said. "So I've got the best of both worlds. As far as recruiting goes, I'm wide open and distance from home won't make a difference. The most important thing is academics. My mom always asks me, 'If you get injured tomorrow and can never play football again, is the school you pick still the same place you want to be for college?' I take that to heart.

"I'm looking towards majoring in pre-med," Carter continued. "I might do biology, bioengineering or organic chemistry, something in that area. I'd like to get into the medical field, so I'll need a background in a variety of places so I do well on my MCAT's."

Morgan Carter is expected to get his first glimpse of the Michigan State campus at the Spartans annual summer camp.

GoSpartans.net will bring you the latest with Morgan Carter as it develops.

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