Michael Carter felt a sense of relief when he made his commitment to the University of North Carolina Monday afternoon.
Capturing the attention of the social media world by making his verbal commitment to the Tar Heels live on Periscope, a long road came to an end for a player who has been on the radar of major college football programs since his freshman year of high school.
“The recruiting process takes its toll on you. It really does,” Carter said. “I’m ready for the next chapter.”
His next chapter is yet to be written and won’t be for another year as the talented and speedy star running back still has his senior season ahead with the Navarre Raiders.
Yet, he is thrilled with his decision, choosing the Tar Heels over 18 other offers from football programs across the nation, including Florida, Tennessee and Colorado.
“It feels awesome,” Carter said. “After my first visit, it felt like the right place. I visited other schools but it didn’t have the same feel (as North Carolina).”
UNC, which went 11-3 a year ago and played in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, had everything Carter was looking for in a school.
“I want to major in marketing and Carolina has a top five business school, and on the field, I love the way they play,” Carter said. “You don’t know what’s coming next. They take shots down the field and they run the ball a lot. I love the way they play defense, too.”
His decision comes just months after a time in his life when his future in football had doubts cast over it. He suffered a severe knee injury in week three of the 2015 season, tearing his posterior cruciate ligament and partially tearing his lateral collateral ligament and meniscus.
The injury derailed what would have been a remarkable junior year for Carter, who rushed for 526 yards and eight touchdowns before being sidelined.
The thing about Carter is he won’t let adversity rattle him.
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