Carter Commits to the Cardinal

We broke the news for you here yesterday of the weekend commitment by Frisco (Tex.) running back <b>Xxavier Carter</b> during his official visit. Here now is the full story on his first ever trip to The Farm, as well as the outlook for the Cardinal for the remainder of this 2005 recruiting class after securing their 12th commit.

It was a whirlwind week for Xxavier Carter.  The Frisco High School senior was accepted by Stanford's Admissions Office on Wednesday and then less than 48 hours later was on a plane to Palo Alto to start his official visit on The Farm.

"We started out Friday with breakfast and then had a driving tour around campus," Carter recalls.  "We saw Hoover Tower and the Quad.  Friday night I met my host, Carlos McFall, and we hung out with the team.  Saturday I had my golf cart tour, which was cool.  We saw all the facilities and stuff."

"Then I had a short conversation with Coach [Walt] Harris," he continues.  "I had my mind already made up before then, so when he offered me I committed right away.  He said they would love to have me there and asked how would I feel about playing for them."

Just like that, Stanford garnered their 12th commitment for this 2005 recruiting class.

"It was probably one of his easier talks with a recruit," Carter laughs about Harris' meeting with him on Saturday.

The 6'1" Texas tailback previously told The Bootleg that Stanford was his dream school ever since the Cardinal contacted him this past fall.  He was accompanied on this trip by his mother and sister, making it a family affair.

"It was everything I hoped for and more," the recruit reports.  "The entire campus, the weather, the people - everything was great.  I hit it off well with everyone I met.  Carlos was my host, but I also hung out with Pat Maynor and Fletch [Alex Fletcher].  My mom and sister had a great time, too, but they were high on Stanford already."

Xxavier Carter is a recruit who has had little written about him by recruiting services, playing for a Frisco High School program that has not known much success.  But the Cardinal have had him #1 on their running back recruiting board, and he has high goals for himself as a player at Stanford.

"I'm hoping to make an impact on the field as early as I can," he describes.  "Right now, I really want to earn that third running back spot.  I know they travel three running backs, so that's my goal as a freshman."

Carter adds that he is looking forward to furthering his strength and conditioning with the Cardinal's prescribed program that they will send him after Signing Day.  He is also gearing up for his senior season running track at Frisco HS, where he is part of their very successful 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams.  Carter also runs the individual 100m, 200m and 400m events; he says his fastest time is a 10.4 hand-timed in the 100.

Stanford has been loading up with "big bodies" primarily thus far in this class, and signing a tailback like Carter was an important item for Walt Harris to check off.  We know of the following players still outstanding who have been offered and could round out the final few spots in this class:

Kris Evans
Bo McNally
Erik Lorig
Ekom Udofia
Josh Catron

The first two of that group, Evans and McNally, are still awaiting admissions decisions as far as we know.  The latter three have all been accepted.  All five have taken official visits to Stanford.  There could still be one or two additional recruits who visit this coming weekend - who are waiting to see what happens with the aforementioned quintet.  Lorig and Udofia are considering other schools along with Stanford and have their decisions pending.  If they choose elsewhere, if Evans or McNally are not admitted, or if Catron does not get a satisfactory medical revue on his back, then you will see more recruits come into the picture to finish this class.  Evans and Catron are two to watch very closely because they represent positions where Stanford has not accomplished their desired depth in this class.  Evans is slated for wide receiver (though he could also play cornerback), and Stanford has no wideouts thus far anywhere in this class.  Catron would play at the "Will" inside linebacker position.  The outside 'backers are in great shape, but the inside is a little thin right now.

There are eight more days left until National Letter of Intents are signed and faxed to The Farm.  Stay close to all the rollercoaster action until then with The Bootleg.

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