Michael Carter Switches Commitment to Gophers

Michael Carter, a 5-foot-11, 154-pound cornerback from Pompano Beach (FL) Ely, has signed a letter of intent with Minnesota. Carter had committed to West Virginia during the 2008 U.S. Army All-American game, but deicded to join Minnesota after receiving a recent visit from Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster. His cousin Tyrone Carter was a two-time All-America performer for Minnesota in 1998-1999.

Michael Carter picked Minnesota over interest from West Virginia, Florida and Georgia.

Carter had 48 tackles, 20 pass break-ups and five interceptions as a senior and scored five touchdowns last season. He was named to the 2008 Super Southeast 120 by the Mobile Press-Register and was a Class 6A first-team all-state by the St. Petersburg Times selection. Carter was named first-team All-Broward County by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel as a senior and was the team's Most Valuable Player.

Carter runs a 4.5 40-yard dash and has a 31-inch vertical. He is a good studnet with a 2.85 GPA.

Carter will be joined by Ely teammate Eric Jacques, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive lineman. The Gophers have been actively recruiting Ely junior Jabari Price, a standout cornerback. Ely has produced outstanding defensive backs such as Patrick Peterson, the USA Today's national Defensive Player of the Year in 2007, who signed with LSU. Price played in the recent U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio.

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