April 11, 2010

Power forward gives Ole Miss visit rave reviews

Jason Carter didn't really know what to expect prior to his official visit to Ole Miss.

Upon his return home Sunday from his official visit to Oxford, however, Carter admitted the trip went better than he imagined it could have.

"It went great," Carter said. "I liked the atmosphere, the vibe up there. I liked the players. I just liked it. It was better than what I thought it was going to be. It was real nice. It's a nice town and I just liked it. I thought it would be quiet and nobody would be there, but I liked it. It was kind of like any other college town."

Carter, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas, will visit Alabama this weekend before making a final decision. He has offers from the Rebels, Crimson Tide, Penn State, Arkansas, Louisiana Tech and others, though it appears his decision will be between Ole Miss and Alabama.

Ole Miss, in search of at least one prospect to add to a signing class that already includes forward Demarco Cox and guard Dundrecous Nelson, made great strides in its quest to land Carter, a member of the Rivals150 for 2011 who recently made enough strides academically to become eligible to sign later this month and enroll at his school of choice this summer.

"I now have a great relationship with (Ole Miss head) Coach (Andy) Kennedy," Carter said. "Me and (Ole Miss assistant) Coach (Michael) White already had a great relationship. I got to know the other coaches and I like them as people. That was real good too."

Ole Miss loses forward DeAundre Cranston off a team that won a share of the SEC West title and advanced to the NIT Final Four in New York. Rising sophomore forward Reggie Buckner and Cox are the only two big bodies in the post the Rebels can count on going into the 2010-11 season.

"They told me they liked how I can shoot the 3 and they said they liked my jump shot and my free throws," Carter said. "They said I have a big chance to compete for playing time as a freshman. They said I could play the 3, 4 or 5. I feel I could fit in well into their program on the floor, their style of play."

Carter said he spent time with Cranston and rising junior forward Murphy Holloway during his time in Oxford. He also spent a lot of time talking to rising senior point guard Chris Warren.

"They just told me that I could help a whole lot," Carter said. "(Warren_ said they're real, real close to the tournament and they'll go far in the tournament. He said they fell short and I could be that missing piece. I vibed with them a whole lot."

Carter was accompanied on his official visit by his parents, who "liked it also. They liked the academic part of it and just the atmosphere. They liked the town and they liked the coaches.

Alabama coach Anthony Grant visited Carter in Humble last week and secured an official visit to Tuscaloosa. Asked what he'll be looking for during his trip to Alabama, Carter said he wasn't sure.

"I'll just have to go up there and see if (he and his family) like it and see if I feel that same vibe and see if it feels like home," Carter said. "We'll discuss both schools and go from there."

Carter, a transplanted New Orleans native who was uprooted by Hurricane Katrina, averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior.

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