New Memphis coach Mike Norvell hopes to continue the program’s winning ways this season. But the Tigers are making significant strides in recruiting. Four-star T.J. Carter, regarded as the state of Tennessee’s top cornerback, verbally committed to Memphis Friday morning.
4-star Nashville CB T.J. Carter has committed to Memphis. Tigers land the No. 1 CB in the state.
— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) September 2, 2016
“I will be furthering my education and my football to the University of Memphis,” Carter said on the Bill King radio show. “After talking to the coaches constantly every day it just felt like home. Family atmosphere. There was just something about Memphis that kept drawing me back. And when I first went up there, it was love at first sight. I fell in love with the school.”
Carter is ranked by 247Sports Composite as the No. 46 cornerback in the country and the No. 14 player in the state of Tennessee. The 5-f0ot-10, 180-pound Carter attends Stratford (Tenn.) High School in Nashville. Carter listed Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State and South Carolina as his finalists but also had offers from Auburn and Tennessee.
Carter is the second 4-star recruit from the Nashville area to commit to Memphis. Davidson Academy’s Obinna Eze, an offensive linemen, has committed to the Tigers’ 2017 class. Putnam City West (Okla.) wide receiver Nick Robinson, another 4-star, gives Memphis three players with that ranking and sets up the program for its best recruiting class in school history.