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Alabama flips All-American DB from Texas A&M

Commit No. 2 of the night for the Crimson Tide.

Alabama flipped its second Texas A&M commit of the 2019 recruiting cycle, this time in 4-star cornerback Jeffery Carter.

The news comes just a couple of weeks after 4-star inside linebacker Christian Harris changed his pledge from the Aggies to the Crimson Tide after officially visiting Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. It also comes just a couple of hours after 5-star safety Dax Hill flipped from Michigan to the Tide

“He’s going to get you to the league,” Carter said of Nick Saban earlier this year. “He’s going to be coaching the corners. You’re getting coached by Coach Saban, you’re talking to him every day, you’re in the film room with him every day. He’s going to put you in the best spot to have a real good draft grade. He says he loves me as a wide receiver and he loves me as a corner, but he says that my best chance to go to the draft is at corner and I really believe that because it’s Coach Saban, I think he knows what he’s talking about.”

Carter, a one-time UA lean, picked Texas A&M back in the summer over Alabama and Oklahoma, another program he’s been committed to in the past, however didn’t shut down communication with the Tide staff.

This weekend, the Mansfield (Texas) Legacy product returned to the Capstone for his official visit, the fourth time he’s been on campus in 2018. Carter last visited T-Town for the Mississippi State game in November. He also attended the Champions Cookout last June as well as a spring trip to campus.

The Under Armour All-American cornerback joins a No. 1-ranked recruiting class that consists of Daxton Hill, Christian Williams, DeMarcco Hellams, and Brandon Turnage in the secondary.

At 6-feet, 186 pounds, Carter is rated the No. 11 cornerback and the No. 91 overall player in the country, per the industry-generated 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Credit defensive backs coach Karl Scott with landing the Top100 prospect. 

Here’s what 247Sports has to say about Carter’s on-field ability: 

Long, lean, and very athletic prospect who projects as a true cornerback at the high-major level. Wiry strong with the frame to add bulk and strength at the next level. Long-armed and gets hands on a lot of throws, despite often being avoided by opposing QB’s. Explosive athlete who tested through the roof at The Opening Finals. Blazing speed in a combine environment combines with dynamic leaping ability. Experience playing receiver and ball skills show it. Turns and runs with terrific speed and tracks balls like a wideout. Requisite athleticism to be left on an island in man coverage. Shows awareness and breaking ability to thrive in zone. Confident and plays with swagger. High effort as a tackler. Will sometimes take unnecessary risks. Narrow-framed. Bigger, stronger receivers in college may be able to post him up, particularly in the red zone. Needs to add bulk and strength going to the high-major level. Senior season cut short by shoulder injury. Potential first-round draft ceiling. 

Alabama strengthens its grip on the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings with 24 commitments, good for a score of 304.52. For comparison to last year, the Tide ended with a score of 289.94. 

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