Former Little League and Columbus High baseball star Kyle Carter has opted to leave the University of Georgia.
Carter, who was arrested twice in separate incidents over a period of four months, was given the option of taking a 20-game suspension by the baseball team or transferring to a junior college and considering a return to the Bulldogs after a year, according to his father, Richard.
“Kyle said that he didn’t go to the University of Georgia to ride the bench,” Richard said. “So, he’s decided to transfer to a junior college.”
Richard said that his son has 27 offers for full-ride scholarships on the table and will take his time to decide where he will attend.
Kyle told WLTZ, which first reported the story, that he is considering Chipola College in Marianna, Fla.
Though he has reportedly been given the option of returning to Georgia after one season, Kyle will leave his options open for the future, Richard said.
“He’ll be eligible for the (Major League) draft again, and we’ll see how that turns out,” Richard said. “No matter what happens there, we’re not sure that he’ll return to Athens right now.”
Carter was first arrested in August on charges of possession of a weapon in a school zone, a felony, and simple assault, a misdemeanor, when he allegedly threatened a woman with a baseball bat in a dorm room. Richard said that the felony has since been dropped to a misdemeanor and they are hopeful the charge will be dropped completely.
He was arrested again in November for underage possession of alcohol and public intoxication, according to the Athens-Clarke County Jail log.
Both charges are misdemeanors.
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