One of the last remaining linebacker targets for Ohio State in the 2021 class, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett four-star linebacker Barrett Carter, has committed to Clemson over a top 11 that included the Buckeyes, as well as Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and Oklahoma.
life is a gamble, don’t be scared to take that risk..
Happy Birthday Mom, this one is for my family. 🖤
— barrett carter (@bcsznn) May 19, 2020
Carter is ranked as the fourth-best outside linebacker and No. 56 overall prospect in the composite rankings, and was compared to former Ohio State and current Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker by 247Sports national writer Charles Power, who evaluated Carter on March 13.
When talking to Buckeye Sports Bulletin earlier this month, Anna Hickey, 247Sports’ Clemson writer, was extremely confident in the Tigers’ chances to land Carter.
“This is one that I thought was going to go Georgia’s way, if you would’ve asked me a few months ago, but that was premature. And he’s Clemson’s to lose at this point.” Hickey said. “Clemson is the clear-cut leader here.
“I think Auburn might be second, Ohio State third, Georgia fourth, not totally sure on that pecking order. But I am comfortable saying that Clemson is first. I don’t think it’ll be that much longer before we hear about a decision.”
Carter, who is listed at 6-1, 220, is one of just a few targets that the Buckeyes have remaining at linebacker in this recruiting cycle. Other names to look for are Dallas (Ga.) Paulding County five-star Smael Mondon and Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei five-star Raesjon Davis, with the former being strongly favored to commit to the in-state Bulldogs, and the later already being committed to LSU.
Ohio State does already hold two commitments at the position in Ironton, Ohio four-star inside linebacker Reid Carrico and Cincinnati La Salle three-star safety Jaylen Johnson, who the Buckeyes see as a solid fit for the Bullet position.
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