Cater was charged with three counts of third-degree burglary involving three separate break-ins on Syracuse's South Campus.
"I just want to apologize to Syracuse University and everyone that believed in me," Cater told County Judge William Walsh.
Cater's lawyer James McGraw confirmed outside of court that Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib was one of the victims of Cater's burglary spree, The Post-Standard said.
There is a chance he serves less time than the one-year minimum, and several schools in the south are anticipating his release to continue the recruitment process as Cater looks to continue his education and football career.
However, it is highly unlikely that Syracuse will let him back on campus, much less on the football team.
Cater played mostly on special teams last season and was expected to move up and be the team's starting middle linebacker, according to The Post-Standard.
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