Narrowing his college list to Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford and Wisconsin by the end of March, Carter, a four-star prospect and the No. 21 defensive end in his class, was looking forward to making his decision between four schools known for their talent and tradition.
That was until the Badgers changed their mind.
"I had an offer from Wisconsin, but they told me somebody else committed," Carter said. "They are short on scholarships I guess so I lost it."
The player Carter is apparently referring to is D.C. Everest outside linebacker Konrad Zagzebski, who committed to Wisconsin on April 13. Wisconsin and assistant coach Randall McCray was recruiting Carter as a linebacker and with approximately only 15 open scholarships in the class (and UW having offers out to 10 other backers), Carter was left out in the cold … a decision that still bothers him.
"It's unfortunate that they made that decision," Carter said. "I …really don't want to talk about it anymore."
With Wisconsin pulling itself out of the running, Carter, who earned All-State, All-Area and All-Conference honors after as a junior after recording 64 tackles (33 solo, five for loss), is looking to make his decision within the next couple weeks, picking between three schools that have impacted him during the recruiting process.
Stanford: "I really like the academic prestige of getting a degree from there. Coming out of college, any degree from there would open a lot of doors for you outside of football. The coaches are great people. Coach Harbaugh is a great guy and a good coach for them."
Notre Dame: "I would have to say that have the same prestige and with being so close to Chicago, the alumni here are great. The tradition of their football program and some other things are attractive to me. The fan support of the team is dedicated."
Nebraska: "Nebraska is just the same as Notre Dame. The fan support there is just the same – very good. The culture and the people there are real good. Coach Pelini is a good guy, very black and white guy, strict discipline guy. I really feel that there strength is the discipline he brings to the program and the fact that they have a good academic support staff."
"I wanted to make my decision in May or June before school ended to get it over with," Carter said. "I really have no set date in mind to make my decision. It will probably happen when school starts to wind down and I have time to think about it."
Despite the scholarship problems, Carter is excited to get to the next level and experience a new challenge. Although he doesn't have a favorite among his three finalists, Carter knows that whatever decision he makes is going to set him up for future success.
"I really can't wait to enter a new phase of my life," Carter said. "Not a lot of high school kids get this chance in a big-time program. I am not sure how good I can be to tell you the truth, but I think I can be. I am not really sure, but I want to help out the team anyway that I can. I just want to play for a good team."