Four-star linebacker Carter commits to Clemson

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney landed a commitment from linebacker Barrett Carter on Tuesday night. Andrew J. Whitaker/ Staff

Four-star linebacker Barrett Carter of Suwanee, Ga., announced a commitment to Clemson on Tuesday night, becoming the 11th commitment for the Tigers’ 2021 class.

Each commitment is rated at least a four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Carter is ranked the No. 56 prospect in the country, the No. 4 outside linebacker and the No. 6 prospect in Georgia. Carter joins his high school teammate cornerback Jordan Hancock in Clemson’s commitment class.

“They say the water is different at Clemson, and I can truly see that,” Carter said after making his announcement on Fox 5 in Atlanta. “I could visit Clemson a million times, and before each visit, I’ll get butterflies before. I just think that feeling can’t go unnoticed with a school. Clemson is such a great balance of academics and sports. Just a school that can balance both of those. That’s the school for me.”

Carter (6-1, 210) primarily focused his recruiting attention on Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State. Carter made several visits to Clemson during the recruiting process, including the March 7 junior day. After that visit, Carter said his comfort level with the Tigers had grown with each visit and they made him feel part of the family.

“I am very comfortable with Clemson and the city,” Carter said. “I felt at home at Clemson. It’s a great environment there. The coaching staff is so welcoming. I love how Coach (Dabo) Swinney is very Christ-based. That sticks out about a coach.”

One of Carter’s strengths is his versatility. He can be moved around the field, much like the Tigers did with NFL first-round pick Isaiah Simmons. So, the comparisons to Simmons are inevitable for Carter.

“I am not 6-4, I am just 6-1, but I am a shorter version of Isaiah because of how versatile and athletic I am. That is a huge compliment to me,” Carter said. “I would say that I am very versatile. I can cover anybody on the field. I can also play in the box. I am sideline to sideline and I am pretty fast. I can cover a lot of ground and make plays all over, My versatility is what sets me apart. I can make plays all over the field. It’s my dream to play in the NFL, so to see how he (Brent Venables) develops linebackers speaks volumes to me.”

Carter is the second linebacker commitment for the class, joining Jeremiah Trotter from Philadelphia. According to MaxPreps stats, last season Carter had 76 tackles with nine tackles for loss, nine sacks and seven quarterback hurries.

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