Georgia gets its man: Lorenzo Carter stays home

February 5, 2014 

ATHENS - The final signing of Georgia's day was the biggest one, at least in terms of the recruiting rankings.

Lorenzo Carter, a linebacker-defensive end from Norcross, announced a commitment to Georgia on Wednesday afternoon on ESPNU.

Head coach Mark Richt was in his office when the announcement came, not wanting to watch it because he didn't know what the decision would be.

"Out in the hallway there was a lot of screeching and screaming," Richt said. "I assumed it was Lorenzo saying yes."

Carter (6-foot-5, 232 pounds) becomes be the top-rated player in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite, which culls all the major rankings. He is a five-star prospect according to 247Sports, ESPN and Scout, and a four-star by Rivals.

"I decided to stay home and represent my state, hopefully bring a national championship to Georgia," Carter said from Norcross, in comments broadcast on ESPNU.

Carter said new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was a big part of his decision.

"That defense is about to be nasty, and I plan to be a part of it," Carter said.

Carter had expressed concern about who his position coach would be, given a remaining vacancy on the staff. But Richt said the concerns were allayed when new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker had the Will outside linebackers added to his responsibilities.

"That's kind of what Rock's been doing. He coaches four-down linemen," Richt said.

Richt compared Carter's body type to Leonard Floyd, a Georgia outside linebacker who will be a sophomore this season. Jordan Jenkins, the other standout outside linebacker, is a bit bigger than Carter and Floyd.

"He's definitely got a lot of speed off the edge," Richt said of Carter. "He's a great kid. A great student. Just a great person. Their family is just unbelievable. He's a guy who could end up being a captain for you one day. I would expect him to be a leader in his class. But it won't be long before he takes on a leadership role in the team, in the next couple years."

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