Carter, of Norcross, Ga., also considered Florida, Florida State and Louisiana State.
Carter made his announcement on ESPNU this afternoon.
“If Lorenzo Carter decides to stay in Georgia, I think that will be critical because he’s an in-state player and he was recruited by Jeremy Pruitt at Florida State,” ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill said. “That’s the big one. If they can pull that off, I think that’s the one thing they probably really need to close this class out.”
Most recruiting analysts projected Carter to Georgia, including Luke Stampini of Florida’s 247 sports site. He reported that Carter “will not be picking the Gators on NSD. UGA is the team that has been in the driver’s seat and the team that will land his signature on Wednesday.”
Not everything went the Bulldogs’ way Wednesday.
Defensive end Andrew Williams of Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough spurned Georgia for Auburn.
Williams is rated as the No. 23 player in Georgia by Rivals.com, where national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell pointed to the Bulldogs in-state recruiting as an area that could be better.
Georgia begins the day with commitments from two of Rivals’ top-13 in-state prospects, but Carter at No. 4 was the lone uncommitted player from the state in the top 16.
Georgia began the day with 18 known commitments after Florida safety Kendall Gant came off its list due to academic concerns. Gant will sign with Marshall.
On Tuesday evening, Georgia had the nation’s No. 10 recruiting class by 247Sports and ESPN, No. 11 by Rivals.com and No. 13 by Scout.
Here is what has happened so far this morning in Athens:
The first fax rolled in at 7:01 a.m.
Georgia has announced that DE/OLB Keyon Brown from Wauchula, Fla., has signed so it must be him.
Two more new signees: linebacker Detrick Dukes from Atlanta and Dominick Sanders from Tucker. Sanders is the brother of former UGA DB Chris Sanders. They are listing him for now as an athlete. Actually, it’s Detrick Bing-Dukes as put out by Georgia.
Gilbert Johnson from Homestead, Fla. is the fifth signee now for Georgia. That includes Goose Creek early enrollee Jacob Park.
Safety T.J. Harrell from Florida signed with Michigan State, according to the Twitter feed of beat writer Joe Rexrode. He was a Georgia target.
Make it seven for Georgia with wide receiver Shakkeneth Williams from Macon and offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn from St. Petersburg, Fla., in the fold. Wynn could be the most ready to help on the offensive line.
As we reported yesterday, Georgia was in the thick of things for WR/KR Isaiah McKinzie from American Heritage in Plantation, Fla. Well he is signing with Georgia, according to the school’s Twitter feed. So there’s a late get for the Bulldogs from the good friend and teammate of tailback Sony Michel, who is also coming to Georgia.
Catching up on signees who rolled in: tight end Jeb Blazevich from Charlotte and cornerback Shaq Jones from Palm Bay, Fla. Also top 100 national prospect Nick Chubb, the running back from Cedartown is on board.
Big surprise of the day so far is Georgia will be getting a letter of intent from three-star tight end Hunter Atkinson from West Hall High School, according to Rusty Mansell of 247sports. He had been a Cincinnati commitment.
He had offers from Illinois, Charlotte and Georgia State.