The suspense over Pace Academy five-star prospect Wendell Carter’s decision about his college plans will extend a week. Carter, who has Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Harvard as his four finalists, will not make his decision known until Nov. 23, according to his parents.
Carter, a power forward, is rated the No. 2 prospect in the country by ESPN. Carter will take the extra time at least in part because he is “still wavering a little bit,” Carter’s mother Kylia said. The early signing period ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Recruiting experts consider Duke to be the leading candidate. For Georgia and Tech, particularly for first-year Yellow Jackets coach Josh Pastner, landing Carter could be a program-changing moment.
Kylia Carter said that her son will sign the letter of intent Wednesday, take the rest of the week and weekend to be sure of his decision and put it in the mail early next week and send letters of regret to the other three coaches. When the chosen school has confirmed receipt of the letter of intent, he will make his decision known through a video posted on his Twitter account.
By the rules governing signing periods, a letter of intent is valid even if it is sent and received after the signing period has ended as long as it was actually signed within the signing period. The school receiving a letter of intent does have to submit it to its conference office within 14 days of the end of the signing period, in this case Nov. 30.