When Shyheim Carter de-committed from the Crimson Tide last month, the popular opinion seemed to be that Georgia had a strong chance to land him. Jeremy Pruitt increased his pursuit of Carter after the de-commitment and he hasn’t been shy about letting Carter know he’s wanted in Athens.
“He’s been recruiting me pretty hard, especially when I de-committed from Alabama. He wants me there bad. He just feels I can bring a whole different level to the team. They want me to play corner. He knows what he’s talking about. I’ll give him that.” (Jake Reuse, UGASports.com)
Again, not to beat a dead horse, but Pruitt has been very aggressive in his recruitment of Georgia’s secondary. He didn’t arrive with a lot of talent in the cupboard, and some purging took place when he finally unpacked his belongings at Butts-Mehre, but he’s steadily added the type of talent he wants to see playing in his defense, and there’s still room for more.
Carter would be a nice piece to add to that puzzle.
However, while Carter holds both Pruitt and Mark Richt in high regard, I get the feeling Ole Miss could be the team to beat. Over the last few months, Carter has taken a shine to the Rebels, and it’s clear he can see himself playing in their defense.
He’ll be in Tuscaloosa this weekend to watch them take on the Tide and he’s forged a strong bond with a couple of their targets—Shea Patterson and Deontay Anderson specifically.
That bond, coupled with the fact that he’s visited Ole Miss, unofficially, over a half dozen times in the last four months, tells me the Rebels are more than a player, they’re a top contender.
Carter has even stated that whenever he’s up there, it just feels like “home”.
Georgia may be in it, but they are hardly the prohibitive favorite some believed them to be.