The state of Georgia has three basketball stars that are ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall college prospects — Shiloh High School’s Robert Carter, Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Miller Grove’s Tony Parker. The threesome, who all play power forward, have been dubbed “The Big Three” by college recruiters.
The best chance for both UGA and Georgia Tech in keeping at least one member of “The Big Three” at home for college appears to be Robert Carter.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pounder took an official visit to UGA over the weekend, and will make a recruiting trip to Georgia Tech on Friday. Carter will also visit Florida, Florida State and either Kentucky or Maryland within the next few weeks.
When asked to rank his UGA trip on a 1-10 scale, Carter said, “It was up there. It was in the 8, 9 or 10 range. Well, I couldn’t really tell because that was my first official visit. There might be one better but then again, there might not be. I don’t know yet. Georgia was pretty good.”
Carter arrived in Athens on Friday, and his host was freshman sensation Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. With UGA’s football playing on the road at Vanderbilt, Carter said most of his time was spent hanging out with the players and watching practices.
“I’ve known Coach Fox for a long time; he has been recruiting me since he got to Georgia,” Carter said. “He’s a really nice guy, and I feel like he’s telling me everything right. I don’t think he’s lying to me. I think he and his coaching staff are great people. They want me to be their guy at power forward.”
Carter said Fox told him that UGA has one scholarship remaining for its 2012 recruiting class and he’s the No. 1 priority. That’s a pretty big deal, because the Bulldogs are also in Goodwin’s top five.
“They really want me; Coach Fox has told me that I’m the first option at power forward since day one and that they are saving a scholarship for me,” Carter said. “I guess they are recruiting [Goodwin] but they really want me to come there because they say I really fit their system well as a big man who can score. Georgia said they have me on their recruiting board as their No. 1 guy, and that really meant a lot to me.”
Where does Carter have UGA on his board? “It might be a good situation for me. I have to take all of my official visits and see what’s best. As of right now, they are pretty good. I like them.”
One final note on Carter: There have been conflicting reports on whether or not he has been offered by Kentucky. We asked Carter to clarify. “Kentucky has talked to my coaches a lot. It’s not an official offer. I think they claim they don’t really offer guys unless they really want to come there or wherever. I don’t really know. They want me to come up there and see it, so that’s where we stand right now.”
What about the rest of “The Big Three”?
Bottom line: Both UGA and Georgia Tech have had outstanding years in recruiting the homegrown talent. However, landing one member of “The Big Three” would push either school over the top and be like a “Dream Team.”
THE DAY’S RECRUITING NEWS
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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