Commitment Profile: George Carter

Inside Carolina profiles UNC's 2011 baseball recruiting class. Today the spotlight is on George Carter, a two-way player at Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day.

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Bio: George Carter was one of the first players to verbally commit to UNC's 2011 recruiting class, making his decision as a sophomore while already standing 6-feet tall and 180 pounds. The left handed pitcher and first baseman continued to grow and is now 6-3, over 200 pounds and is legitimately one of the top two-way players in the state of North Carolina. Impact Baseball ranks Carter as the No. 5 player in the state's 2011 class, while Perfect Game has Carter ranked at No. 150 in the nation and No. 11 in North Carolina. Carter starred for the Dirtbags, winning the World Wood Bat Association Championship in the fall of 2010. He transferred to Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day School for the 2010 baseball season.

Recruitment: North Carolina first identified Carter's talents several years ago while he was playing for the Dirtbags. "(UNC assistant coach Scott) Forbes was there to watch and I threw a couple of innings and got a couple of at bats and did pretty well," Carter recalled. "They let me know that they were very interested. I took a trip up for a basketball game and they said they would be following up with me. Then at the 2008 WWBA I had a good tournament down there and hit the ball pretty well and had a pretty good showing … I went to the 2008 UNC-NC State football game and then Coach Fox brought me into the office. I had an offer from South Carolina before that, it was a tough decision, but I made the call to Coach Fox over Christmas break and let him know that I did not want to go anywhere besides Chapel Hill."

Why Carolina: "It is close to home," Carter explained. "It is the hometown team with a great winning tradition and a great coaching staff, new stadium and facilities. I love everything about the school as well – and they have very prestigious academics. Academics played a much larger role than I think most people would expect. A degree is such a great thing - so many careers do not go as planned and to have a degree from Chapel Hill is an awesome thing to have especially when you are looking for a job."

Scouting Report: Carter presents a dilemma for scouts as well as the coaching staff at North Carolina because of his talent as a position player as well as on the mound as a left handed pitcher. On the mound Carter his cutting fastball averages 88 miles per hour to go along with a tightly spun curve ball around 77 mph, as well as a change up to keep batters off balance. With his height and and compact throwing motion hitters have difficulty with the ball coming downhill off the mound.

Offensively Carter has a powerful swing while having a very patient approach with an excellent eye for strike zone. He projects well as a power hitter with a high on base percentage. Defensively Carter has great footwork around the bag at first base with impressive body control, balance and soft hands. He is also a capable outfielder and is deceptively quick for a player of his size.

Coach Quotes: "I think George is very valuable because he can really hit and really pitch," said Andy Partin, Carter's travel team coach and now also his high school coach. "Offensively he is a really good hitter from the left side and he can drive it out of the park and on the mound as a left hander he is a strike thrower. He really gets the ball going downhill and is hard to hit. He has electric stuff. He gets it up there 88 miles per hour and has a plus breaking ball."

Partin reaffirmed that he was uncertain whether Carter would be better suited as a pitcher or hitter. "I don't know what he will be better at," the coach said. "He will be really good at both. The fact that he is lefthanded and has that kind of arm strength and throwing the ball downhill with a great breaking ball on a 6-3 frame, scouts are going to love that. On the other hand, offensively he is a monster at the plate. He has a great swing and the ball just jumps off his bat. He is defensively a great first baseman and can play in the outfield as well. He is a really good athlete and can run and he wants to get better."

Future Plans: Scouts have followed Carter's progression closely and the two-way player will garner a lot of interest with from professional teams as the 2011 draft approaches. "I think everyone's goal is to play professional baseball, but I know it is obviously a big decision," Carter said. "I love North Carolina and am really looking forward to having a successful career there. I think it is a little too early for me to think about the draft - there is a lot that can happen and right now I am working to get better and do everything I can to help the Tar Heels win as many games as possible and then have an opportunity to play professionally. My goal is to go to Omaha and win every year. That is our goal as a team."

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