3 Schools to Watch After Shyheim Carter Decommitted from Alabama

Sanjay Kirpalani@@SanjayKirpalaniNational Recruiting AnalystAugust 10, 2015

A trio of SEC schools are among the programs heavily involved with 2016 4-Star CB Shyheim Carter after his decommitment from Alabama.
A trio of SEC schools are among the programs heavily involved with 2016 4-Star CB Shyheim Carter after his decommitment from Alabama.Credit: 247Sports

Alabama’s 2016 recruiting class suffered a major blow when 4-star corner Shyheim Carter announced his decommitment from the Tide, according to Hank South of BamaOnline

The 6’0”, 190-pound Louisiana native had been committed to Nick Saban and his staff for nearly 13 months.

The nation’s No. 5 corner is sure to have plenty of suitors coming after him now that he’s back on the open market.

However, it appears that a few of the Tide’s SEC rivals are trending with one of the Pelican State’s top skill players.

Which schools are ones to watch in Carter’s recruitment moving forward?

Let’s take a look at some of his primary suitors.


Carter was one of several high-profile recruits on hand for Georgia’s ‘Dawg Night’ camp last month. 

The visit left an impression on the nation’s No. 51 overall prospect in the 2016 class, as noted by Kipp Adams of Dawgs247.

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"I plan on being an early enrollee, so I will make my decision really soon," Carter told Adams. "Sooner than what people think. Georgia has a high chance to get me."

Additionally, as noted by Demetric Warren of Varsity Preps, the Bulldogs added a recent pledge from 2017 4-star athlete Devonta Smith—who is good friends with Carter and hails from nearby Amite, Louisiana.

Rusty Mansell @Mansell247

HUGE PICK UP for UGA and very close friend of Top100 DB Shyheim Carter.. https://t.co/La7Dfgb5N3

Smith told Adams that the presence of Georgia Director of Player Personnel Sam Petitto—who spent time as a prep coach in Carter’s hometown of Kentwood before leaving for Athens—is something that helps the Bulldogs’ chances with Carter.

"With Petitto being at Georgia, that brings Shyheim Carter and I closer knowing he is there," Smith told Adams. "I am pretty sure that has us both seriously considering Georgia."

Steve Wiltfong @SWiltfong247

#Georgia is quickly trending on the @247CrystalBall for former Alabama commit Shyheim Carter: http://t.co/xZ9ZubfCEI

Now that Carter has decommitted, the Bulldogs are among the handful of schools that have to be considered a legitimate landing spot for him.


Before Carter originally pledged to Alabama, in-state power LSU was a school that figured to make a strong push to keep one of its top homegrown products from escaping the state’s borders. 

Add in the fact that LSU has a lengthy history of producing elite corners, and it makes sense for Carter to consider staying close to home to play his college football.

LSU already has an outstanding class of defensive backs committed—with 5-star corner Saivion Smith and 4-star corner Andraez Williams leading the way.

In addition to Carter, the Tigers are also heavily involved with a pair of 4-star standout corners in Kristian Fulton and Trayvon Mullen.

Tyler Donohue @TDsTake

Don't be surprised if Shyheim Carter ends up with #Bama rival #LSU, further enhancing what folks in Baton Rouge refer to as #DBU.

Despite his early verbal to the Tide, the Tigers never stopped recruiting Carter. In fact, as Sonny Shipp of Geaux247 notes, Les Miles and his staff turned up the heat in their pursuit of Carter.

“They were really just telling me that LSU was the place for me and I didn’t need to go out-of-state,” Carter told Shipp. “It’s something they have been stressing since they started recruiting me harder than what they were." 

With the Tigers running out of room in their 2016 class, the picture at corner could become a matter of first come, first serve with respect to Carter, Fulton and Mullen.

Ole Miss

The most recent school to get Carter in for a visit is Ole Miss—who hosted him this weekend for a multi-day visit.

Yancy Porter @YancyPorter

Ole Miss CB target Shyheim Carter @sc5era_ has decommitted from Alabama. He was at OM for a two days trip this weekend.

Carter also made his way to Oxford in June for a Rebels summer-camp session and back in April for the club’s spring game.

He was accompanied on that visit by current Rebels 5-star quarterback pledge Shea Patterson, who hinted at Carter’s pledge being on shaky ground, according to David Johnson of Rebels247.

“Shyheim’s committed to Alabama right now, but I think that’s going to change soon,” Patterson told Johnson following that trip.

The Rebels would love to replenish their corner unit, especially considering that four of the team’s top five corners will be juniors this fall, as noted by Ourlads.

Ben Garrett @SpiritBen

Calls #OleMiss the frontrunner. "@JohnGarcia_Jr: What we're hearing about Shyheim Carter following his decommitment. http://t.co/NdmxT49gXw"

Hugh Freeze would love to pair Carter with current 4-star corner pledge Jaylon Jones.

While new schools may try to enter the picture, considering that the trio of schools listed above were the only schools other than Alabama to host him on campus in recent months, Carter figures to land on the campus of one these SEC powers in the end.


Sanjay Kirpalani is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes obtained firsthand and all recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

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