LB Malcolm Cater discusses his recruitment

At one time Riverview (N.Y.) High linebacker Malcolm Cater was committed to Syracuse, and then he shifted to Rutgers. Now, as Wednesday's national letter of intent signing day approaches, Cater gives an update on his recruitment, and where he is committed to. He also explains what happened on his visit last weekend to Rutgers, and how Syracuse factors into everything.

The latest turn in the recruiting saga of Riverhead (N.Y.) High linebacker Malcolm Cater came late Saturday when he the former Syracuse and Rutgers commit said he is not committed to either school.

The 6-fot-2, 220-pound three-star Cater added he will make his announcement at school Wednesday during a signing day event. He will bring the national letters of intent from Rutgers and Syracuse, but signs only one of them.

"I still have to make my decision,'' said Cater, the No. 5 player in New York according to "I still have a lot to think about. I'm not sure right now.''

Cater committed to Syracuse in the summer, but after visiting Rutgers last weekend gave a commitment to the Scarlet Knights. However, a day later Cater told the Rutgers staff he was not committed.

Cater said he will get input from his uncle (Solomon Hatcher) his mom (Lisa) and his Riverview coach (Shay Leif), but make his own decision.

"It's really my decision,'' Cater said. "My uncle has a say in it, my coach has a say in it, my mom has a say in it, but it's really my decision.''

Cater is looking hard at both places, and enjoyed his recent visit to Rutgers. There was no question what stood out the most.

"Mostly what I liked about it is the academic support,'' Cater said. "I liked it a lot. Their players graduate.''

Early in the week Cater said he "told the Rutgers coaches I wanted to go there.''

While Cater professed his admiration for Rutgers in past interviews with, he added the loyalty factor is in play for Syracuse.

"(Syracuse) was there since the first day, and they got me ready academically for the next level,'' Cater said. "I like Syracuse. It's like a big family.''

But Cater does seem torn in trying to make a decision.

"Rutgers wins a lot. It's a winning program,'' Cater said. "They go to bowl games and win. Syracuse has a winning tradition. They haven't won lately, but they are rebuilding, and a program moving forward.

"I've always had high hopes for Rutgers. But it's more than that. You have to keep your head and know there is more to the decision than that. Rutgers is a really good school, and I like it. And Syracuse is a really good school, and I like it.''

Certainly, it hasn't been the routine recruitment, but Cater is thankful to have two schools from which to choose.

"It's a great situation,'' he said. "Sometimes it may get a little overwhelming, but it's good.''

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