One of Notre Dame’s top secondary targets hit campus for the first time last weekend.
Three-star prospect Amari Carter traveled from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. to South Bend to check out one of his leaders.
“To begin with, I had a great time,” Carter said. “I liked meeting everyone. The coaches and players all seem like good people, especially coaches. They were excited to have so much talent on campus.
“I don’t have any negative thoughts about it. I like the campus. I had a chance to sit down with academic advisors and learn more about the business school. Everything I went there for I got answered.”
Notre Dame offered Carter back in February, though he’s been on the radar since the Irish recruited former Palm Beach Gardens standout Te’von Coney, who's now entering his sophomore year. Palm Beach Gardens also produced Notre Dame freshman safety Devin Studstill.
“Coach (Todd) Lyght has seen me practice over the years from when I was a sophomore up until now,” Carter said. “So there was no true reason for me to work out. The main goal of the trip was to get a feel for Notre Dame. At the same time, I was looking at coach Lyght and how he coached the players. He coaches them up, but at the same time he gives you stuff to work on to get better.”
The 6-foot-2, 187-pound safety received high praise from the coaching staff while on campus.
“They basically said I’m their main target at safety right now,” Carter said. “That really stood out to me.”
Carter named two schools in strong position to receive official visits.
“I’m not sure yet of which schools will receive officials but I know I want to take one to Clemson,” Carter said. “I will visit Notre Dame again, and hopefully it’s for a game.”
More than 20 schools have offered Carter, and Notre Dame cemented itself as a top contender over the weekend.
“Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Auburn, LSU, Pitt, Louisville, Duke, those are some of my top schools,” Carter said. “Notre Dame has always been and still is one of my top schools.”
Carter could shift his focus to six or seven schools following the summer, when he plans to take more visits.
“Nothing planned right now, but I’m going to plan a few more trips soon,” Carter said.