Georgia Tech took its best shot at landing one of the state’s “Big Three” basketball prospects over the weekend.
Robert Carter, a 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from Shiloh High School, made an official visit to Georgia Tech over the weekend after taking a recruiting trip to UGA last week. Carter is one member of the “Big Three” — three Atlanta area seniors ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall prospects, a special group which also includes Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Miller Grove’s Tony Parker.
When asked to rate his Georgia Tech trip on a scale of 1-10, Carter said, “I had a good time at Georgia Tech. I enjoyed spending time with the coaches and players, and I like the direction that coach [Brian Gregory] is taking the program. I don’t know if I could really rate it, though.” After pausing for a few seconds, Carter said, “I’d probably give it a 9.”
Georgia Tech organized a big-time effort to recruit Carter during his visit. Georgia Tech had both of its 2012 commitments, North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton swingman Marcus Hunt, also take their official visits at the same time as Carter.
“We’ve been planning take our official visits together a Georgia Tech for a while,” Carter said. “We keep it touch through Facebook and text messages. I’ve been friends with Chris and Marcus through basketball, and we’ve talked about playing together in college for a while. It definitely makes me like Georgia Tech more because they are going there. I’d have some people there that I know.”
Carter also addressed the rumors that he is part of a “package deal” to Georgia Tech with the son of his AAU coach, Winfrey Jordan of the Atlanta Express. Jordan’s son, Pierre Jordan, graduated early from Florida State and transferred in August to Georgia Tech, where the point guard will be immediately eligible to play. Winfrey’s other son, Kierre Jordan, is one of Carter’s trainers.
“I’ve known the Jordan family forever, and they are good people,” Carter said. “They’ve mentioned it to me a few times about playing at Georgia Tech … We’re not a ‘package deal’ or anything. I’ve got to make whatever decision is best for me, and Coach Jordan and his sons support me in doing that.”
What about UGA? How did Carter’s Georgia Tech compare to his UGA visit a week earlier? Which was better? “I haven’t really had time to sit down and talk to my coaches and parents about both of the visits,” Carter said. “I’d say they were both good. Both schools have their advantages. I don’t have a leader.”
What’s next? Carter will go to Florida and Florida State the next two weeks, and is deciding between Kentucky and Maryland for his fifth and final official visit.
Both Georgia Tech and UGA have a had a strong start with their 2012 recruiting classes, especially with homegrown players. If either local school was to land one of the “Big Three” — and Carter appears to be the best candidate – then it would put either school’s recruiting class over the top.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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