RECRUITING: Florida prospect back in the picture

Florida offensive line prospect Ryan Carter is re-opening his recruitment and could visit OU


The coaching change at University of Florida has put one of their top recruits on alert.

With the resignation of Steve Spurrier at Florida, All-American offensive lineman Ryan Carter has backed off his commit status with the Gators and may re-open his recruiting situation.

"I let my guard down and look what happened," said Carter. "I never dreamed Coach Spurrier would leave and now I have a situation that is unsettled. I need to protect myself and make sure I am making the right decision. As of now the only other school that I have talked to is BYU, so I guess they would be my favorite. If Oklahoma calls I will have a big interest in them."

Ryan's father, Cory, says that it is likely that Ryan will still sign with the Gators, but at this point it is not a certainty. Cory indicated that Ryan has made contact with Georgia, North Carolina, Brigham Young, Maryland and Oklahoma to let them know that he may want to re-open his situation. All schools have indicated that if he does they have an interest.

Ryan has already taken official visits to North Carolina and Florida, and he wants to visit Florida unofficially this weekend to meet the new coach. Carter, who can bench 475 pounds and squats 610, says no matter how that visit goes he will still take other visits.

"I am going up to Florida to talk to the new coach to check with Coach (Ron) Zook and see what he thinks," said Carter. "I am still committed to Florida, but I think I am going to check out a couple of other schools and see what they are like. I am going to visit BYU, Oklahoma and I hope to visit Maryland as well."

This is still longshot for OU and if Carter likes Coach Zook this weekend then his visits won't mean that much, but if he feels uncomfortable with the new coach the Sooners may get into the picture here. If he Carter reopens things OU may trail BYU. The Carter's are Morman and Carter has always liked the BYU program. Carter has family in Utah and Oklahoma.

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