Before moving to Alabama in the sixth grade, Birmingham Spain Park junior safety Justin Carter lived in Houston for five years.
Right now, it looks like he might be heading back to that area in 2012.
Earlier this week, Rice, which is located in Houston, offered Carter a scholarship.
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"I'm going down there April 9 for their junior day," Carter said. "If I get a good vibe I might commit. I'm leaning toward Rice right now."
Rice was the first program to offer. According to the 6-foot, 185-pound Carter, he also is receiving interest from several Ivy League programs.
"I was so excited when they offered," Carter said. "It means my parents won't have to pay for tuition or anything else. It's very exciting. My family went out and celebrated that night. I know Rice is a great school. It's exciting for future job opportunities and what not."
Carter, who carries a 4.06 GPA, said he hopes to major in either finance or pre-med.
A two-year starter, he credits his trainer, Otis Leverette, for helping him land offer No. 1.
"I've been working hard with him and it's helped tremendously," Carter said. "He's a really good trainer. He takes kids that are D-I potential athletes and tries to get them recruited. He works them hard and helps them get into shape."