After a strong junior season in football, Carter's recruiting focus shifted from hoops to the gridiron, but he still had basketball scholarship offers from Michigan State and Seton Hall when he committed to Wisconsin.
Carter's name ought to ring a bell to college sports fans. Half-brother Cris Carter was a star receiver at Ohio State University and in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Miami Dolphins. Another half-brother, Butch Carter, played basketball at the University of Indiana from 1976-1980 and went on to play and coach in the NBA.
Shane Carter (6-foot-2, 185 pounds, 4.4 40-yard dash, 270-pound bench press) was an all-district performer on the football field and was first-team all-conference in basketball the past two seasons.
Badger Nation: So are you a Vikings and Ohio State fan?
Shane Carter: "I was definitely a Vikings fan. I always did like Ohio State just because my brother played there, all the tradition they've got going there, but I kind of just like going to get away a little bit. But I do like them. Definitely Minnesota. I love them."
BN: Was Ohio State your favorite college team growing up?
SC: "No, I'd probably say Notre Dame. I just like all the tradition…Probably actually I really like to watch that Rudy movie. Of course I really like all the tradition they always have there. I used to like Lou Holtz a lot. A kid from here, Ryan Brewer, plays at South Carolina, so I got to meet Lou Holtz. I liked everything that they had going on there."
BN: Who was your favorite athlete?
SC: "I'd probably say growing up probably Michael Irvin. I like his game and the way he did things.
"But right now, I'd probably say in the pros, it probably have to be Ed Reed."
BN: What have your brothers told you about being a college athlete?
SC: "We've talked a lot about just the things you need to do to be successful. It's not going to be easy but working hard and staying focused definitely, we are always talking about staying focused. Just the fact that you just got to go in there and get the school work done and compete at that high level."
BN: What is your favorite memory from your official visit?
SC: "I'd probably have to say…When I had my interview with Coach Alvarez, probably just going in there and checking all the things. The Heisman Trophy they had with Ron Dayne, the other Heisman winners. Just checking all the things and you can look out at the end zone and just thinking like, this is a place where I feel I can be successful… it looks like a great atmosphere."
BN: What is your best memory from your prep career?
SC: "Probably beating our rival Piqua. It's one of the oldest rivalries in Ohio. We beat them pretty heavily this year. I think we beat them 35-14 maybe. And they beat us the last three years, so that was a big one definitely.
"And then winning the league, of course, last year in basketball."
BN: What position do you expect to play at Wisconsin?
SC: "[Defensive backs coach Ron Lee] has been the one recruiting me. I'm going in with the intention he wants me to work on free safety I believe, maybe a little bit at corner, but also [wide receivers coach Henry Mason] wants me to work on the offensive side of the ball. So I'm not sure really.
"I'm go in with the intention of seeing which one works out better starting at practice."
BN: Do you have a preference?
SC: "To tell you the truth I just want to be on the field."
BN: If you play defense, do you think you will play safety or corner?
SC: "I believe I'd play free safety."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?
SC: "I'm not sure. Coach Lee hasn't said nothing about it… I doubt I will. But if that's what they need me to do I'll do what's asked. But I have intentions to play right now."
BN: What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?
SC: "I'd probably just say definitely going into Wisconsin, I believe everybody probably just goes in with the intentions of just going and competing for a Big Ten championship. I'd probably just say that in my four years there that is one thing that I want to do to help is help the team be the best we can be in those four years and hopefully we can get a Big Ten championship."
BN: Do you expect to attend summer workouts?
SC: "I haven't talked to Coach Lee about that yet but that is probably a good possibility."
[Carter said he plans to go to visit Madison during his spring break so that he can watch UW's spring practice.]
BN: Do expect to qualify academically? What is your GPA and SAT/ACT?
SC: "I'm already full qualified." [He has a 21 ACT and a 2.9 or 3.0 GPA.]
BN: Do you have a major in mind for college?
SC: "Business management."
BN: Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
SC: "I see myself in 10 years, I mean, of course I want to go to college and take my degree and just compete at that high level, if my game is ready for the next level, if there is that opportunity to take it to the next level. If not than just be successful and have my family."