Shyheim Carter, the 4-star cornerback who has become a top UGA priority after de-committing from Alabama last week, made his second trip to UGA this weekend in less than a month.
Carter had a special guest with him for his overnight stay at UGA — Devonta Smith, a junior receiver who recently committed to the Bulldogs.
Both Carter and Smith are from Louisiana. But Smith wasn’t the only important visitor. A source close to the situation told the AJC that both of their mothers were on the trip and wanted to get a good look at UGA.
Both mothers were impressed by the trip, but Carter did not commit to UGA, contrary to speculation. A pair of sources told DawgNation that the 6-foot senior enjoyed the trip, but he’s simply not ready to make another commitment at this time.
The mothers got a chance to look at the school and gauge the academics. They also got some one-on-one time with the coaches, too.
When Carter de-committed from Alabama last week, it was for a reason. He felt that he hadn’t given a lot of schools their due and the next couple of months are intended to provide that.
Carter will be an early enrollee, but he still needs to see a lot more schools. Count near and far schools like Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Ole Miss, USC and UCLA among that group.
Lots of UGA fans had to have crossed their fingers this weekend hoping for one of the nation’s Top 5 cornerbacks to join his close friend by committing to the program, but that just wasn’t in the cards.
He’s rated the No. 51 overall player in the nation this fall by the 247sports composite.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.