Inside Alex Carter's committment

A few weeks back, Briar Woods High School (Ashburn, Va.) defensive back Alex Carter made up his mind. The talented athlete decided that his third trip to Stanford would be an ideal time to make his college commitment.

"I talked to my parents previously about a week or two before, we had spoken about it briefly," Alex Carter told The Bootleg. "Then, right before coming out here I told my mom that I was planning on committing."

After stopping by Cal for a brief visit Friday, the newly minted Scout 300 member informed the Stanford coaches of his decision Saturday.

"At practice, I talked to the coaches and told them I would like to commit," Carter said.

Carter cited several factors in his choice.

"I looked at other schools and I didn't see any other schools that could compare to Stanford and could offer me what Stanford offered me," Carter said. "They're top-five academically and top-five this past year in football. It's out in California with great weather, so I didn't really see any other schools that could compete with that."

While not a shock to Stanford fans who closely followed his recruitment, Carter's commitment to Stanford over 11 other offering schools might have opened eyes in other parts of the country, particularly South Bend, Ind. After all, Alex's father, Tom, starred as a Notre Dame safety before going on to a distinguished nine-year NFL career. Nonetheless, despite a recent offer from the Irish, Alex never seemed that interested in Notre Dame, even leaving them off his recent top-three list of Stanford, Cal, and Boston College.

Carter chalked up his lack of interest in Notre Dame to good ole' Mother Nature.

"Mostly because of the cold weather," Carter said. "I probably couldn't take it up there with the cold weather like that."

Carter said that his father was supportive of his decision.

"He knew that I was pretty heavy on Stanford," Carter said. "He told me that if I didn't go to Notre Dame then Stanford would be a great choice also."

Stanford will hope that Alex inherited Tom's superb athletic instincts in the defensive secondary. While capable of playing multiple positions, Alex indicated that cornerback will be his primary position when he enters Stanford.

"I talked to [co-defensive coordinator Derek] Mason and he said he wants to put me at cornerback, so I'm happy with that," Carter said. "I also talked to [offensive coordinator Pep] Hamilton and asked if I would be able to play both ways and he said that was definitely a possibility, so I'm pretty excited about that, too."

Although Carter does play on both sides of the ball for his high school team, he believes he has a leg up playing defense because of his father's experience.

"Because my dad was a defensive back, I feel I have a little bit more insight and a little bit more of an advantage as a defensive back," Carter said.

Carter, listed at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds by, said his biggest advantage as a cornerback is his size.

"I'm a lot bigger and physically stronger than a lot of cornerbacks now, so that will definitely be an advantage," Carter said. "So I can use my size and my speed to help out with the defense."

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For some Stanford recruiting followers, the story of Carter's recruitment and commitment to Stanford might bring back harrowing memories of Class of 2010 prospect Tai-ler (TJ) Jones, a son of a Notre Dame star who committed to the Cardinal in April of his junior year as well, before eventually decommitting and signing with the Irish.

To that note, Carter admits there is a possibility he will take additional visits.

"I think my mom does want me to go visit some other schools just to be sure, but that's not a definite thing right now," Carter said. "It's a possibility that I might be visiting some more schools."

That said, when asked why he decided to make such an early commitment, Carter seemed pretty confident in his decision.

"I pretty much knew that Stanford is where I wanted to go, so I didn't feel the need to drag out the recruiting process any longer," Carter said. "I could just get it over with now so I can know where I'm going. It's done now."

Of course, before he can officially ink his LOI to play for Stanford, Carter will need to pass through the school's admissions process. "I talked to Lance Anderson and I'm going to try and apply early, so Coach Anderson will set me up with the application sometime in the next few weeks, and hopefully I can get admitted sometime in the summer," Carter said.

If Carter does end up enrolling at Stanford in 2012, there's a good shot he'll have access to improved facilities. Carter said that while visiting for the Junior Day, he learned of Stanford's plans to make a few upgrades.

"I found out they were going to make some renovations to the weight room and locker room, so that's pretty exciting too," Carter said. "They're going to expand that a little bit."

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