Carter shines at NIKE, still solid to Card

As an early commit, Alex Carter hasn't quite received the attention of some of Stanford's other recruits, but he's certainly as deserving of accolades. Universally billed as a four-star prospect, Carter's stock has continued to rise throughout the summer. Recently, Carter flew to the West Coast to participate in The Opening camp.

Virginian WR/DB Alex Carter impressed observers at the NIKE-sponsored showcase, placing in the top 10 in SPARQ testing, and showing well in 7-on-7 play.

"The event was pretty good," Carter said. "It's a privilege being able to go out there and compete with all the top guys in the nation and just get that exposure, so you know what the competition's like, what' it's going to be like in college at that level. It was a pretty good experience."

Carter agreed with camp observers that he held his own against strong competition.

"I feel like I was a pretty good athlete compared to a lot of them," Carter said. "I'm bigger than most of the corners there."

Carter wasn't shy about reaching out to Stanford recruits during the camp.

"At the opening I talked to the safety that just committed [Drew Madhu], Carter said. "I also talked to Aziz [Shittu], I talked to Ifeadi [Odenigbo], I was just talking to guys, talking about Stanford and whether or not they were going to come there, trying to get them to commit."

While Stanford's chances with Shittu and Odenigbo, among others, remain to be seen, the Cardinal are still sitting pretty with Carter. He's been in contact with Stanford head coach David Shaw, "just about some of the guys that we're recruiting," Carter reports, and he's already submitted his Stanford application.

"I sent in the Stanford application a couple weeks ago," Carter said. "I have no idea [when I'll get an admissions decision], probably sometime before I start my senior year, if not, maybe a little bit into it. Hopefully within the next couple of months."

It should come as no surprise, then, that Carter still considers himself a strong Cardinal commit, despite having numerous other options.

"I'm solidly committed to Stanford right now," Carter said. "Other schools aren't that big of an issue right now."

Indeed, the only official trip Carter currently anticipates taking is to Palo Alto.

"I think the only official I'm going to take is to Stanford, but I haven't set that up yet," Carter said. "I was thinking about going to the Stanford vs. Cal game."

In the meantime, Carter will focus on helping his high school squad to a second consecutive state championship.

"A lot of the young guys are going to look up to the seniors, so I should be the captain on the team and hopefully we'll be able to lead our team to States again," Carter said.

Carter will once again play both ways for Briar Woods, but with a slight twist this season.

"Last year I played corner, but this year they're going to move me to safety so I can cover more of the field," Carter said.

The days of Carter playing offense and defense might not end in high school. He's discussed the possibility of playing receiver and cornerback when he arrives at Stanford.

"They're recruiting me at cornerback right now, but I talked to the coaches and they said that they might let me play both ways also, at corner and receiver," Carter said. "That would be something that I would like to do."

Carter is currently participating in the Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament in Florida.

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