Though the decision came shortly after a Syracuse coaching change, Rutgers and Carter were long in touch during the recruiting process and a match that worked best for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound back.
Carter sits two weeks away from enrollment at Rutgers, where he projects to play both running back and fullback.
"I'm happy and ready to start all over again," Carter said. "I don't know how to explain it. I'm just pumped."
Carter is friends with fellow Rochester native Quentin Gause and feels he has the advice to come in ready to go.
"He came by this spring and I talk to him a lot," Carter said. "We talk about the offense at Rutgers and what he sees and how you have to come in with the right attitude. He's helping me be prepared as best as I can."
A linebacker and running back in high school, Carter committed to Rutgers to play on the offensive side of the ball. Head coach Kyle Flood mentioned fullback and running back when discussing Carter on National Signing Day.
Carter is preparing for both roles.
"I feel like it's going to be an immense challenge, physically and mentally and learning the plays," Carter said. "It's going to be a drastic change but I'm working my best to be ready.
"I'm happy about it. I played running back and fullback for my school and I loved it. I'm excited to get into the plays and get better."
Following the career of fellow New Yorker Ray Rice, calling himself a Rutgers running back will have special meaning come July.
"It's such an honor to represent what he represented," Carter said. "I'm going to have the right to say that I am a Rutgers running back in a line of great Rutgers running backs like Ray Rice and Jawan Jamison."
Carter and Gause will be on the roster for camp with a third Rochester prospect, Jacquis Webb, committed as a member of the class of 2014. Moving into the Big Ten in 2014, Carter is excited about the opportunity to showcase his hometown on a big stage.
"I think it's great for our area," Carter said. "I feel like it's going to give us even more opportunities in the future. For us to go to the Big Ten, more and more schools are going to take notice and give the athletes in Rochester a wider base of recruiting."