In what has to be a very welcome turn of events for a Virginia Cavaliers football squad facing depth issues on the defensive line, in-state blue chip Bryce Carter announced his commitment to UVA on Thursday night.
I want to thank God and every family member, coach, teammate, and teacher from little league all the way through high school that has helped me on this journey. I feel blessed to be recruited by all the schools through this process. With that said I’m committing to UVA ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/8QPL7U693e— Bryce Carter (@BryceACarter_9) December 4, 2020
Carter was originally a member of the class of 2021 before reclassifying to 2022, but has apparently rejoined the 2021 class and will enroll at UVA in time for next season.
A product of Life Christian Academy in Chester, Va.—and Thomas Dale High School before that—Carter is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound edge rusher. He is rated four stars by 247, Rivals, and ESPN, with a 247 Composite of 96.42—good enough for #78 overall nationally and 3rd in the Commonwealth. (Carter’s 247 page still reflects him as a member of the class of 2022 as of this writing, but the rankings here are based on where his Composite score falls among 2021 recruits.)
Other schools that had been in the running for Carter’s pledge were Penn State, Michigan State, Texas A&M, and Florida, along with ACC programs Virginia Tech, Duke, NC State, Pitt, and Wake Forest.
Carter instantly becomes the highest rated member of UVA’s 2021 class, and is a close second for highest in the Mendenhall era behind recent transferee Jowon Briggs.
Virginia is now up to 23 commitments in the class of 2021. Carter becomes the 3rd Rivals four-star, joining Josh McCarron and Noah Josey. The early signing period begins December 16th.