Carter Commits

Chance Carter, a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., became NU's 11th commit of the 2010 class when he gave a verbal Sunday. Carter, the No. 54 D-end in the nation, also received offers from Nebraska and Notre Dame, among others. Inside, Carter's AAU hoops coach – who helped handle his football recruiting – talks with Purple Reign's Scott Phillips.

Northwestern received a verbal commitment from Loyola Academy defensive end Chance Carter Sunday night. Carter is a three-star prospect and the 54th best defensive end in the nation, according to Scout.

The 6-4, 250-pound Carter chose to play for the Wildcats and head coach Pat Fitzgerald over Notre Dame, Stanford, Nebraska, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin.

The commitment was confirmed by Carter's AAU basketball coach Mike Weinstein, who has handled his football recruitment.

"Chance committed to Northwestern tonight," Weinstein said. "The school has outstanding academics, Chance wants to live in Chicago and he loves Coach Fitzgerald. Coach Fitzgerald was very direct and honest to Chance and I think Chance likes the opportunity to play early, play in the Big Ten and play in front of friends and family."

Allen Trieu, Scout's Midwest Recruiting Manager broke down what Chance can bring to the Wildcat defense.

"He's an athletic kid with a good frame and the ability you need to play defensive end," Trieu said. "He is more of a pass rusher than a run stopper and he needs to get in the weight room and get stronger. But he just has so much talent that he could do great for Pat Fitzgerald. He's a work in progress but he has a ton of upside."

Carter, who recently accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January, was initially an elite basketball prospect entering high school; he held scholarship offers from Davidson and Wright State. But he started playing football in high school and swayed his attention to the sport after a breakout sophomore season.

"I think he realized football was his future after that year," said Weinstein, who has been Carter's basketball coach since he was 10-years old. "He's the type of kid who doesn't think only about sports. He takes academics seriously and really cares about school."

Weinstein also said that Chance will finish out the school year at Loyola Academy before enrolling in summer school this summer.

"Chance is already doing some college course work and will be in summer school," said Weinstein. "The plan is to finish his masters in five years. He is very focused on getting a good education. He realizes a Northwestern education will take him a long way."

Scott Phillips is a contributing writer to Purple Reign. To reach Purple Reign, please write to

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