Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Brandon Carter switching to TCU
By Travis L. Brown ESPNDallas.com
EULESS, Texas -- Brandon Carter is staying home.
The Euless Trinity star receiver told ESPNDallas.com on Tuesday night he is switching his verbal commitment from Oklahoma to TCU.
Carter, who had committed to Oklahoma last June, was decked out in TCU gear while watching the Trinity girls basketball team in action.
Receiver Brandon Carter was also a threat passing and running for Euless Trinity.
The senior said he has notified Oklahoma about his decision and plans to call TCU coach Gary Patterson with the news Wednesday.
The change was influenced by TCU's intent to use him as a slot receiver and the fact that the Fort Worth campus is only 25 miles from Euless.
"Mostly being closer to everyone and all my family and just the academics and the position I'm going to be playing at TCU, so that's what made my decision," he said when asked why he is switching.
Carter also said he feels like he fits in with the Rose Bowl champions.
"I really got in with the players," he said. "It's the same atmosphere as Trinity, so that's what I really liked."
Trinity utilized the dynamic Carter as a receiver, quarterback and running back during its run to two consecutive state championship games. The Trojans were undefeated in 2010 before falling to Pearland, 28-24, in the Class 5A Division I state title game. Trinity won the state championship in 2009.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder is a four-star recruit with a scouts grade of 79, according to ESPN Recruiting, which ranks him 30th at his position.
Carter's switch gives TCU pledges from three of the Dallas-Fort Worth area's top 10 recruits, joining Waxahachie receiver LaDarius Brown (No. 3) and Arlingon Martin linebacker Deryck Gildon (No. 6), based on ESPN.com rankings. Carter is No. 8.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. National signing day is Feb. 2.
Travis L. Brown covers high schools for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.