Woodbridge (Va.) C.D. Hylton athlete Morgan Carter made his decision on Friday. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder gave his pledge to Rutgers over offers from Michigan State, Duke, Connecticut and others.
"It's a really funny story about how I committed," he said. "I played phone tag with Coach Godette and Coach Schiano. I was missing them on Thursday night. I left a message and when I finally got in touch with Coach Godette I told him I wanted to commit and then he asked, to who? It was really funny.
"After that, he asked if I called the head man and that's when I did and talked to him for 15 or 20 minutes. He was really psyched and I knew I made the right decision. He was real excited and happy and thought I'd be a great addition because he liked me since the first time he saw me perform."
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Obviously Rutgers impressed the three-star prospect. What was it about the Scarlet Knights that caught his eye?
"I think the deciding factor was that they were my first offer," he stated. "That resonated with me because they jumped before anybody else did, before the state schools contacted me. Rutgers came out of nowhere.
"I didn't know much about them. They were coming off that great year. But the coaches came after me the hardest and I like that New Jersey swagger. To have the coaches come into my school and the secretaries swoon. I know that they are a cool bunch to play for."
There was more to Carter's decision than that though.
"When they came in and offered in December that felt so good," he said. "As the process went on, I found myself using Rutgers as a comparison to all other schools. I would say, what can this school provide me that Rutgers can not, athletically and academically. I could never find another school to pass it."
While a decision is behind him, where Carter plays at the next level is still up for debate.
"I don't know," he said. "I've heard everything from the coaches at Rutgers. If you ask the receivers coach I'm a receiver, I've also been looked at as a defensive end, defensive back, linebacker and tight end. I don't care as long as I can get on the field. I'm eager to play with my new team and compete.
"That is one other thing I like about Rutgers. They were honest with me about playing time. They were one of the few schools that stood out and didn't guarantee me anything whether I'd start or redshirt. They just told me to come there and they'll give me an opportunity to compete."
The No. 43 athlete in the country had a final thought about his decision.
"I think this is the best decision for me," he said. "I really agree with everything Coach Schiano says. I plan to be part of his goal to bring a national championship to Rutgers."