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Commitment Q&A: RB Michael Carter 'Fell in Love' with Carolina

During a Fourth of July family cookout, Michael Carter formalized his UNC verbal commitment. Afterwards, the 5-foot-8, 178-pound running back from Navarre (Fla.) talked with Inside Carolina about his decision and his recruiting targets.

Michael Carter Q&A

Why UNC?

“For one, it’s an extremely prestigious business school and that’s what I want to major in. To me, it was real close to Virginia and North Carolina, because both of them are great business schools.

“The class that Virginia has right now, they’re going to be good, too. I have a lot of respect for those coaches and I appreciate their offer to me. 

“But, what put [UNC] over the top was where could I see myself for four, five, or ten years. And if you’ve been in Chapel Hill, you know it’s there. I fell in love with the campus [and] the area.”

Did you fall in love at the Spring Game or did you fall in love at the Freak Show?

“It was a combination, because after the Spring Game I still had other places in mind. But my visit to the Freak Show put it over the top.”

What did you see at the Spring Game that grabbed your attention?

“The Spring Game was more of an evaluation of a scheme fit. Like, I wanted to see how they actually play. For one – I know I don’t play defense, but defense wins championships, right? If we’re going to be a good team, we have a have a good defense – I really liked how UNC’s defense gels together as a unit. I really think that Coach [Gene] Chizik does a really good job with them. 

“And for me on offense, I really liked how much they run the ball. They have a nice balance of running and passing the ball. It’s kind of a good mix of hard running and shots to the end zone when they pass. I like the big shot, because I don’t want to be on the field for a long time – I liked to score as fast as possible.”

What about the Freak Show?

“Well, I took a visit before the Freak Show (started) – like a full tour. My brothers went crazy; they were like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ They couldn’t believe the campus – both of them and my dad. 

“Both at the Freak Show and the Spring Game, the fans were awesome. That’s a fan base that you really want to play for [and] that you come a part of.”

 When did you begin to lean towards UNC?

“It was during the Spring Game.”

When did you let the coaches know?

“After the Freak Show [I committed]. I committed to Coach [Larry] Fedora, but I’m a family guy, so I wanted to make sure that I did it with my family, so I asked to have the opportunity to actually [commit] with all my family around. And they were all going to be around for our Fourth of July party.”

Speaking of the Freak Show, you worked out alongside a fellow Florida running back, Adarius Lemons, who’s been committed to UNC for a few months now. How did Lemons impact your decision?

“I met him at the Freak Show. We started talking during the bench press, but me and AD really got talking outside right before the drills and during one-on-ones. We talked a lot during the dodge ball portion.

“But, he was all for it. He really wanted me to come. It wasn’t like, ‘Ah, yea, just do it.’ He was in. He really made me feel like he wanted to be teammates.”

Another recruit that you’ve been connected to is teammate/friend Nick Brahms. Have you been recruiting him and where is he at?

“Yea, [I’m recruiting him]. But, I don’t want to lose a friend over this, because at the end of the day the friendship that him and I have is going to last a lifetime. I don’t want to step over any lines. But, I would love to play with him at North Carolina and I’ve expressed that to him.

“And also, Billy Ross – I really want to Billy, too. He’s a beast. 

“Shout out to Billy Ross and shout out to Nick Brahms. Come play at North Carolina and get a lifetime education and win a championship.”

Ross is set to announce on Aug. 1. Have you reached out to him, too?

“I have – a few times, two or three. I reached out to him to see where his head is at and getting to know him. He’s a cool guy. I like him and I want to play with him.

“It’s more than football, you know? I want to know these guys.”

How firm is this commitment? Are you finished visiting other schools?

“I think so. I don’t have anything planned. But, maybe in the future if my brothers want to go to a game we’ll take advantage of it. But, I’m not actively looking into other schools.”

When’s the next time you’ll be back at UNC?

“I’m not 100-percent sure. We’ve been doing some planning, but nothing is 100-percent. Most likely, it will be for a game.”

Will you be an early enrollee?

“Coach [Larry] Porter and Coach Fedora want me to enroll early. So, that’s what I’m working towards right now. I was already wanting to and I was already working towards it, because I had to take an online class or two to do it. And I already took one online class. I’m waiting on test scores to come back to see if I have to take another math class. There’s some technical stuff, but that’s the plan.”


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