Updating Cater's recruitment

Riverhead (N.Y.) High linebacker Malcolm Cater, who is committed to Syracuse, took his first official visit this past weekend. He also has one scheduled for next month. In the past, Cater has professed his admiration for Rutgers, and took an unofficial visit to the Piscataway, N.J., campus earlier this month.

The recruitment of Riverhead (N.Y.) linebacker Malcolm Cater is unique in that he professed his admiration and desire to attend Rutgers but remains softly committed to Syracuse.

But in the world of recruiting, where nothing is certain, it does appear the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Cater will chose between the Scarlet Knights and the Orange.

He made his first official visit this past weekend when he went to Syracuse. He was accompanied by his uncle, Solomon Hatcher, who is advising Cater during the process.

"It was beautiful,'' Hatcher said. "The visit …everything was about what they said they would do, and he would get a degree there, and all the help he would have to help him get a degree. It was a very impressive visit.''

During the trip, Cater met with legendary basketball coach Jim Boeheim, as well as some of the Orange basketball players.

"We went over the whole campus,'' Hatcher said. "We saw where he would be staying at.''

Connecticut and West Virginia are also showing interest in Cater, but his only two offers are from Syracuse and Rutgers, where he will visit the weekend of Jan. 22.

He already had plenty of face time with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano during an unofficial visit to Rutgers for the Dec. 5 game against West Virginia.

Despite suffering a 24-21 loss to the Mountaineers and having a handful of official visitors on campus, Schiano spent 30 minutes meeting with Cater and Hatcher after the game.

"We were talking about academics, family, and how Rutgers is a big family, and everything like that,'' Cater said. "They showed me a couple of things, and how much family it is like.''

Cater added the meeting re-affirmed something he already felt.

"This is a good school and a big family, and that's why they play well together,'' he said.

His uncle added trip to Rutgers went well, and expects to accompany Cater on the official visit next month.

"They really didn't discuss (how they would use him),'' Hatcher said. "They said they had a game plan for him, and he'd be a dominating player if he went to Rutgers. That was pretty much it. They said he would play middle linebacker, or outside linebacker, but we didn't get into details beyond that.''


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