Five-star Norcross (Ga.) defensive end Lorenzo Carter set out to name a top seven on Wednesday. When it came down to it he was successful, but there were actually eight schools still in the running for nation's No. 5 overall player earlier in the day.
Florida continues to stand at the top for Carter, followed by Alabama and Georgia on the first tier, then Oregon, LSU, Notre Dame and Florida State, with Clemson the last school off the list.
"Florida is my leader," Carter said Wednesday. "Coach Muschamp is a great coach, a defensive coach and I like defensive-minded coaches. My parents are very comfortable with Florida."
Carter has made it clear that the Gators, Tide and Bulldogs have a clear edge over the others on his list and had good things to say abou the schools in his top three.
"[Alabama] They've been competing for national championships as of late every year," he said. "That's what I want to do when I go to the next level."
The lure of staying close to home is clearly still something that is weighing on Carter's mind, however.
"Georgia is the in-state school and Coach McClendon does a great job, he's on me all the time," Carter said. "Coach Richt is a great coach and my father and Coach Richt have a great relationship."
Carter provided thoughts on the other schools on his list:
Oregon: "[Defensive coordinator] Coach [Nick Aliotti] Al does a great job. He told me from the start that if I don't feel comfortable going far from home then just let him know and he won't recruit me. I feel like that's a grown man decision I'll have to make and if I decide to go to Oregon than I have to be comfortable with it."
Notre Dame: "They're a prestigious school all around. I'm interested in engineering and their program is awesome. I see them coming back and competing for a national championship."
LSU: "It's pretty far so I don't get to see it that much. I feel like [defensive line] Coach [Brick] Haley does a great job and he's a great recruiter. LSU, I'd love to get down there so I can see it for myself."
As far as his No. 7 and final school, Florida State edged out Clemson for the spot and likely for an official visit this fall.
"It [was] between Clemson and Florida State," he said. "[FSU linebackers] Coach [Charles] Kelly is real good with my family and my parents have been close with him since he was at Georgia Tech."
"Clemson, they've been in it for the long run. I've been hearing from Clemson since I started recruiting and Coach Elliott has been on me tough."
Carter said his plan for the time being is to take several visits during the fall, with Florida, Georgia and Alabama all likely to receive official visits. If all goes according to plan, Carter will trim his list to three midway through the season before focusing in on making a decision.
Carter actually made the schools left in the running for his services public in a series of posts on Twitter on Wednesday. Here's a look:
Starting off my top 7 I'm gonna name the 3 schools that won't surprise anybody, Bama, UGA, and Florida #SECï¿½" lorenzo carter (@LCarter_25) August 7, 2013
LSU is another SEC school that's made my top 7 #geauxtigersï¿½" lorenzo carter (@LCarter_25) August 7, 2013
Holdin down the west coast with University of Oregon! #top7ï¿½" lorenzo carter (@LCarter_25) August 7, 2013
The last school was a battle in the ACC and after going back and forth FSU edged it out #FearTheSpearï¿½" lorenzo carter (@LCarter_25) August 7, 2013
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