July 17, 2007

Carter talks about Spartan visit

SpartanMag.com was able to speak with top prospect Morgan Carter of C.D Hylton High School in Virginia last night. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound recruit was offered a scholarship by Michigan State earlier this spring. The Spartan Staff had the opportunity to host Carte on an unofficial visit last week. We spoke with the 3-star prospect about thye vists and got some details.

"This past week my family and I took a trip and we visited Michigan State, Purdue Temple and Boston College. We also stopped to see my relatives in Cleveland, it was a good trip," Carter said.

Carter was offered a scholarship by Michigan State in the spring after the Spartan Staff observed him at the Elite Combine held in New Jersey. Michiagn State Defensive Backs Coach Harlon Barnett serves as the primary recruiter of Carter, and he has been in frequent contact throughout the process.

"Coach Barnett and I have built up a good relationship," he said. "He has also taken time to develop a relationship with my mother and father which is important to me."

The first stop on the cross-country trip was East Lansing, Michigan and it seems as if Spartans made a strong impression on Carter.

"What I really liked is that every where we went at Michigan State, whenever we met a football coach or a football player, they took time to introduce themselves to me and my family. That was important. They made us feel part of the team and University, I liked that," Carter said.

While at Michigan State, Carter was able to spend some time with a Spartan player and learn about Michigan State and life in the Big Ten.

"I was able to speak with Ross Weaver. He did a great job of explaining things to me about Michigan State and what it takes to be successful there as a student and as an athlete. I really appreciated his perspective on things, both football and academics."

So what were Carter's impressions of the University itself?

The stadium was awesome and the campus was beautiful. I thought it was not too small and not too big.

We also toured the academic facilities. I got to speak with the Assistant Dean of Admissions and we talked about the academic side of things.

I scored an 1830 on the SAT and have a 4.0 GPA so we talked about the honors college and the various opportunities at Michigan State. I was really impressed with how everything was laid out and organized."

We asked Carter if this trip helped him narrow things down and if he has a plan about making a decision

"Yes, my parents and I have talked about it," Carter said. "When September comes, I will narrow it down to a few schools. Those will be the schools I take my official visits to. Then I will make my choice after that."

Where do teh Spartsn stand after his unofficial trip to East Lansing?

"Michigan State is very high on the list, very high."

Carter is listed as an athlete recruit by the Rivals.com database. Most coaches see him as a wide receiver at the next level, but he could also see some time on defense. We asked him what the Spartans are saying about where they see him if he selected the Green and White?

Coach Dantonio talked about how when he was at Ohio State they used Chris Gamble on offense and defense. He said if I am good enough to play on both sides of the ball, that he has no problem with that. I want to make an early impact as a freshman."

Needless to say, based on Carter's comments about Michigan State University and how he was received by the Spartan staff and players he came in contact with, it is obvious that he is a player they would really like to add to the class of 2008.

When Coach Dantonio was at Michigan State under Nick Saban, he served as the primary recruiter of Northern Virginia for Michigan State. It is good to see that as Head Coach he is making the recruitment of this area a priority again for Michigan State.

SpartanMag.com was able to observe Carter while at the Penn State NIKE Camp back in early May. We can see why the staff likes what he brings to the table. Carter is every bit the size listed and he was a match-up problem all day for the defensive backs that tried to check him.

Throw in the fact that Carter is a high character recruit as well as an outstanding student, and you have a player that will make a tremendous addition to any college at the next level.

Carter is ranked the #31 Athlete recruit in the nation and the #13 player in Virgina for for the class of 2008.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in-touch with Carter in the coming weeks and provide Michigan State fans with all the details about his recruitment.

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