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Will it be Georgia Tech or UGA for Robert Carter?

He’s the 6-foot-9, 250-pound power forward from Shiloh High School who is ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall basketball prospects.

Carter is scheduled to announce his college decision at 5 p.m. Thursday at Stats Restaurant. Carter is reportedly torn between the two in-state schools, Georgia Tech and UGA. He took official visits within the last month to both schools, along with Florida. Don’t count out the Gators in the chase for Carter.

Georgia Tech has a few things in its favor. When Carter made his recruiting trip with the Yellow Jackets on Oct. 22, he arranged it where he would be visiting the campus at the same time as Georgia Tech’s two signees, North Gwinnett guard Chris Bolden and North Clayton swingman Marcus Hunt. They all got to be good friends while playing basketball on the AAU circuit.

Another good sign for Georgia Tech was that Carter was scheduled to make a recruiting trip to Florida State the following week but returned to the campus instead to watch the Yellow Jackets upset Clemson in football.

Robert Carter (pictured) already has a few friends that will be playing at Georgia Tech (Photo from CourtCred.com)

Robert Carter (pictured) already has a few friends that will be playing at Georgia Tech (Photo from CourtCred.com)

Also working in Georgia Tech’s favor is the addition of transfer Pierre Jordan, the former Dunwoody point guard from Florida State. He will have two years of eligibility at Georgia Tech. Carter’s AAU coach is Jordan’s father, Winfred Jordan of the Atlanta Express. One of Carter’s personal trainers is Jordan’s brother, Keirre Jordan. Carter has expressed interest in playing with Pierre in college.

Carter transferred from Thomasville High School to Shiloh for his senior year.

Meanwhile, Georgia’s two other elite basketball talents ranked among the top 25 overall prospects are in a holding pattern: Southwest DeKalb power forward Shaq Goodwin committed to Memphis earlier this week but doesn’t know when he will sign. Miller Grove power forward Tony Parker, who appears to have Duke and Ohio State as his frontrunners, is undecided and will probably wait until April’s late signing period.

What about UGA? The Bulldogs signed three local products on Wednesday – Miller Grove swingman Brandon Morris, Milton point guard Charles Mann, and Whitfield Academy guard Kenneth Gaines. You can read more about it here.

Here’s more on Georgia Tech’s two signees, courtesy of Mike Stamus of the school’s sports information department:

  • Chris Bolden, the No. 22-ranked shooting guard in the country, is currently ranked No. 107 overall in the Rivals Top 150. Considered one of the top pure shooters in the 2012 class, Bolden averaged 15 points and two assists a game while leading Norcross High School to the state championship in the state’s largest classification. He scored the team’s final four points from the foul line in a 59-55 win over Milton in the class AAAAA finals. Bolden was a second-team all-state choice in AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a third-team All-Metro choice by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “We are excited to add a player of Chris’ talent and character to our Yellow Jacket program,” said Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory. “Although he is one of the premier shooters in the country, I have been even more impressed with the expansion of his game. His ability to positively impact the game with his defense, rebounding and playmaking skills is really developing. I love his work ethic and the fact that he has been taught well by both his high school and AAU coaches.”
  • Marcus Hunt is ranked No. 59 overall in the ESPN100, and No. 14 among small forwards. Hunt averaged 26.7 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and three blocks as a junior last year at North Clayton. He was named to the first team all-state in AAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and first-team All-Metro in 2011 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. “Getting a player with the skill package and versatility that Marcus possesses was very important for our program,” said Gregory. “His size, strength and athletic ability puts him in an elite class. Marcus has the ability to score in a variety of ways and has the unique skill of being able to create quality shots for his teammates from the wing position. His humility and hunger to grow and develop will have a tremendous impact on our program.”

RELATED RECRUITING STORIES

  • Former Central Gwinnett basketball star Jordan Adams, a 6-5 small forward at Oak Hill (Va.) Prep, signed with UCLA, where his former AAU coach Korey McCray was hired as an assistant last summer. UCLA coach Ben Howland talked about the relationship to reporters, “It was big. He’s known the kid for a long time, has a great relationship with him. There’s no question. We don’t get Jordan Adams if Korey is not on our staff.”
  • Former UGA and Georgia Tech assistant David Kelly was in a “state of shock” after resigning from Central Florida amid the results of an NCAA investigation, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Kelly was considered one of college football’s top recruiters.
  • The top two high school football prospects for 2013 in the nation are both from the state of Georgia — and both appear headed to play college football at Alabama (click on story link)
  • M.L. King defensive back Dontavious Heard (6-1, 185) committed to Utah State.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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63 comments Add your comment

majord

November 10th, 2011
10:09 am

majord

November 10th, 2011
10:10 am

GT fa shooooooooooooooooooooo

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
10:11 am

my guess is Tech

Burdell

November 10th, 2011
10:16 am

Let’s hope Carter pulls the trigger on Georgia Tech. This would be quite a first recruiting class for Gregory. I just hope he can bring sound fundamentals and hustle back to the Tech program…they have been missing in recent years.

lilweezy75

November 10th, 2011
10:16 am

where ever they go b happy 4 them

Connie Lingous

November 10th, 2011
10:23 am

Georgia and GT both signed Kenneth Gaines?

not to hiack the blog but

November 10th, 2011
10:26 am

the lady jackets just signed the no 4 class in the country behing uconn tennorcee and baylor

look for the lady jackets to finally start owning the uga dawgettes after all these years of futility.

i think they have beaten uga 2 straight.

harold

November 10th, 2011
10:27 am

UGA IS NOT AND HAS “NEVER” BEEN COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL. HE WILL GO WITH THE OLD GOLD——–THE YELLOW JACKETS!

RAMBLE ON!!!

November 10th, 2011
10:41 am

Welcome to GT. It’s a done deal.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

November 10th, 2011
10:42 am

If he wants to go to Ga. Tech, he better bring a body guard to walk across that campus. Better get a police escort after games so he doesn’t get mugged or assaulted on that garbage-a$$ campus full of downtown Atl. filth. But hey buddy, if your from Clayton or Fulton, your probably used to it, so I guess you can do whatever you want. The only real college town in GA is Athens, and the only winner in GA is also in Athens. Gonna be a long year for them bugs in ghettoville.

BobDawg

November 10th, 2011
10:43 am

Gregory is a good defensive coach based on his Dayton Flyer days… I don’t know about this offense as the jury is out there… Time will tell….

Outside Observer

November 10th, 2011
10:44 am

Michael, Georgia Tech signed North Clayton swingman Marcus Hunt. Kenny Gaines signed with UGA…

Jacket Man

November 10th, 2011
10:47 am

The coaches have already been notified and the “formal” announcement is being made at five because of a request from ESPN. When this happens, no one should find fault with Robert because he was looking for a low-key signing day but is accommodating them since he is one of the higher ranked recruits living in Atlanta who had held off signing until today (personal reasons).

TampaDAWG

November 10th, 2011
10:57 am

Looks like hes leaning to Tech but us DAWG fans can still hope he picks UGA, that would round out a very nice class for CMF. Whoever gets him is getting a great player!

wreckmaniac

November 10th, 2011
11:16 am

I hope this young man committs to Tech so that Coach Gregory can get the push he needs and deserves. I don’t want to determine what anyone’s priorities should be but if a kid is in the top 25 nationally he belongs in the ACC where many of the other top 25 will be.

alsdkjfl

November 10th, 2011
11:18 am

Already a done deal. He’s going to GT. Shotty reporting per usual. Way to stir the pot

dap01

November 10th, 2011
11:31 am

Pros for Tech: If you go to Tech you will have no trouble getting football tickets.
You won’t be distracted by pretty female students.
You rarely have to watch the football team on tv.
Cons for Tech: Who is there basketball coach now?
You won’t be distracted by pretty females.
You will have to get your gas at BP in order to get free football tickets.
Your friends and family will be mugged in the parking lots.

tony

November 10th, 2011
11:34 am

Both UGA and Tech are my teams but I rather Robert Carter choose UGA because I want to see what Fox can do with 4 and 5 star players. Tech has a history of not doing very well with 4 and 5 stars players on a consistent basic. I don’t know much about Techs new coach but I do know Fox has a winning record at UGA and he got them into the ncaa tourn after coaching 2 season there.

Fox did a good job with 2 and 3 star players at Nevada and he got them into the ncaa tournament 3 times in 5 seasons. Fox record 158-71

Tom

November 10th, 2011
11:41 am

Great classes for BOTH hoops programs down at The Flats!

Congrats, COACH GREGORY and COACH JOSEPH!

Paul in RDU

November 10th, 2011
11:54 am

tony
Fox is a good coach and has done well at UGA but he had some talent in Athens. I seem to remember him having a couple of guys last year who were drafted by the NBA.

GTPhenom

November 10th, 2011
11:56 am

Well, I would say if Gregory caps off this recruiting period with Carter, we can officially end this whole discussion on whether or not he is able to recruit here at GT. Stellar way to start off, and I’ll be honest, I think the Jackets might surprise some people on the court this year. With sound mechanics and fundamentals, I don’t think it is overreaching my boundaries to say that Gregory could at least get this team to play .500 ball this year. We’ll see I guess.

59bulldawg

November 10th, 2011
12:03 pm

If the Dawgs got just half the talent that Tech seems to easily get year in and year out they would be a monster in the SEC.

GTPhenom

November 10th, 2011
12:14 pm

59bulldawg, because having two NBA draft picks on last years team kept them from being a monster, right? I’m right, aren’t I? Maybe it is simply the fact that the team y’all had and the coaching y’all had underperformed last year . . .

Smoking with Crowell

November 10th, 2011
12:19 pm

Blah, Blah, Blah……majority of folks care about football…..not all, but most. May see more interest in college game since pro’s are on strike….

Hahahahahaha

November 10th, 2011
12:21 pm

If he wants to go to Uga… He better bring his John Deere tractor, Dustin boots. His bowwww and arrow, his deer stink bait and his gun. Good luck rednecks.

Hahahahahaha

November 10th, 2011
12:22 pm

March MADDness is the top watched sporting event in the world…. Do your research dummy

Hahahahahaha

November 10th, 2011
12:24 pm

Tony what are you talking about? Tech has not had the success with those big time players because the stay one year and leave. No brainer

GTJason

November 10th, 2011
12:36 pm

Okay dawg fans, there, they’re and their.
THERE -usually referring to a state, condition, or location – There are a bunch of Dawg fans delivering Pizzas
THEY’RE – contraction for They are – When Crowell and team aren’t at practice, they’re smoking the reefer
THEIR – indicating possession – Dawg fans don’t enjoy you making fun of their intelligence.

See what I did THERE???

GTPhenomisaturd

November 10th, 2011
12:49 pm

GT Phenom…aka a 35 year old loser who lives at home with his parents…don’t even start on the amount of talent UGA has had compared to Tech’s talent who is consistently coached down year in and year out. Learn the game then come talk to me.

Dawgy

November 10th, 2011
12:51 pm

March Maddness the most watched sporting event in the world? You have to be the biggest dummy on this blog. You are the one that needs to do his/her homework. Typical Nerd!!

5150 UOAD

November 10th, 2011
1:05 pm

where is HEWITT FAN?………………………….hewitt fan I can’t hear you!

GT Fanatic

November 10th, 2011
1:07 pm

@59bulldawg
This is exactly what we say about your football program.

Fox was a good hire for UGA and will do some good things. Unfortunately, if he builds that program to any meaningful significance in the SEC, he will be gone just like Tubby. Gregory has a lot to prove at GT and the first step is recruiting the local talent. I think we will really struggle this year, but I look forward to seeing what he can do with his own recruits in a few years.

Just Saying

November 10th, 2011
1:15 pm

The hay is in the barn. The deal has been made. The quid pro quo has been accepted. For you GT fans that simply means “GT will sign Carter”. It isn’t the recruiting of Gregory, it is the simple fact he was willing to do what you people always accuse others of doing. It’s the barter system in full force. Pierre leaves FSU where he was the 14th man and immediately is signed to a scholarship by Gregory. Carter is encouraged to leave Thomasville to move 250 miles north to attend Shiloh HS. He apparently lived with, and may still live with, the Jordan family. GT was never on the radar for Carter until those chain of events began to take place. He had FSU Florida Georgia Alabama UNC and others on his list, no GT, with FSU in the lead. The last story on his recruitment on this site quoted him as saying ‘we’ve talked about it’ referencing playing with Pierre at GT. You think? One brother trains him, Daddy coaches and advises him, Pierre out of nowhere leaves FSU and decides
to enroll at GT. Coincidence? Probably! Would be interesting to hear the FSU take on this.

GT Insider

November 10th, 2011
1:16 pm

GTphenomisaturd….

GT’s talent WAS coached down. Notice though, GT has a new coach. Moron.

Just Saying

November 10th, 2011
1:28 pm

GTJason – impressive explanation of the three words. That Agnes-Scott education is paying off, I’m sure Mommy and Daddy are super duper proud of you.

Hahaha – maybe so, but if he goes to GT he may need a bullet proof vest or Police escort.

Smokin’ – does GT even have a student/athlete drug policy? Wasn’t it Reuben Houston who continued to suit up and play at GT while under Federal indictment for his involvement in a major drug ring? Wasn’t it Skoke the baseball player who got a DUI in the Spring yet never missed a game? When you have no standards, when you don’t random test you never have to worry about suspension at GT, it’s all about playing.

How many times the last 10 yrs has GT been investigated by the NCAA and placed on probation? Who is it that forfeited wins and an ACC championship? Serial offenders.

Glenn

November 10th, 2011
1:28 pm

Well then it’s a lock. He’s going to gt. Welcome Robert. Now beat those devils and heels!

Dawginit.

November 10th, 2011
1:30 pm

I would love for him to play for the Red and Black but I’m betting he’ll sign with Tech.

rolo

November 10th, 2011
2:49 pm

He’ll go to tech, lose to georgia almost evry year, tech will make excuses, none of those players will amount to much, they will not get drafted by anyone and that’s just the bottom line.If what just sayin says is true they all ought to be investigated and probably will be before its all over.

True Dawg Fan

November 10th, 2011
3:06 pm

rolo

November 10th, 2011
2:49 pm
He’ll go to tech, lose to georgia almost evry year, tech will make excuses, none of those players will amount to much, they will not get drafted by anyone and that’s just the bottom line.If what just sayin says is true they all ought to be investigated and probably will be before its all over.

What he said is true. It will be investigated palin and simple. Very shady.

True Dawg Fan

November 10th, 2011
3:07 pm

True Dawg Fan

November 10th, 2011
3:08 pm

the nerds also think they are the flagship program for bball in this state hahahahahahahahhahahahaha.

When you get beat by kennesaw state and UGA that pretty much means you arent. But conitnue to think that while we continue to laugh at you!

Bill Stanfill

November 10th, 2011
3:09 pm

Mark Fox needs to sign a couple of highly rated big men, needs a breakthrough signee. But it seems that he’s not going to any of the state’s top 3 big men–Parker, Goodwin, and Carter–this year.

Fox will get the best out of the big men on his roster–he came to UGA with a reputation for developing post players who were raw.

It’s understandable if Parker chooses to go to Duke–but I hated to see Goodwin choose Memphis. Would love for Carter to choose UGA–but would rather see him sign with with GT than go out of state.

This year? Both Tech and UGA will start rather slow but will develop and be stronger teams than is being projected.

Delbert D.

November 10th, 2011
3:09 pm

“Palin” was fine by me; seemed to fit.

Bill Stanfill

November 10th, 2011
3:10 pm

Enter your comments here

Delbert D.

November 10th, 2011
3:11 pm

Until the one-and-done garbage is eliminated, I really don’t care much.

Delbert D.

November 10th, 2011
3:12 pm

Sure, Bill, no problem. You do the same.

Delbert D.

November 10th, 2011
3:15 pm

That wasn’t as witty as I’d hoped. I’ll leave now.

Bill Stanfill

November 10th, 2011
3:15 pm

Fox really needs to sign a top big man. He’ll do OK with what he’s got–he came to UGA with a reputation for developing big men who were raw. But it’s going to take a marquee signee for him to move the program up a couple of notches.

Seems that he’s not going to sign any of the state’s big 3 this year–Parker, Goodwin, and Carter. It’s understandable if Parker chooses Duke, but I hated to see Goodwin pick Memphis. Both Tech and UGA are better situations.

tony

November 10th, 2011
3:21 pm

Paul in RDU
November 10th, 2011
11:54 am

tony
Fox is a good coach and has done well at UGA but he had some talent in Athens. I seem to remember him having a couple of guys last year who were drafted by the NBA.
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Fox only been there two seasons………Trey Thompkins and Jeremy Price are not Fox recruits and they only been in his system 2 season. (Travis Leslie is a 3 star). I believe if Fox can get the top recruits in this state the dawgs can win a nc. Tech had their chance with Hewitt(11 seasons-5 losing seasons) so lest see what Fox can do with those top recruits.

True Dawg Fan

November 10th, 2011
4:12 pm

Tony-

Leslie a 3 star????????? I think you have price and him mixed up.

Leslie got drafted, Price is a waste of space.

We have Pope a 5 star already at UGA, we just need one more piece and we can be very competitive in the SEC this year.

It only takes 2-3 players to make a team great. and it only takes one great team to bring in recruits. Fox will bring in many big names to UGA by the time he is done.