Chris Carter will play for Ohio State, the university announced Thursday night.
Carter, a three-star offensive line prospect as rated by Scout.com, issued a verbal pledge to the Buckeyes in March. On the eve of National Signing Day, he was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor sexual imposition. Five days later, the Cleveland police department said there was insufficient evidence to charge him with a crime.
On signing day, OSU head coach Jim Tressel said the class was at 23 verbal commitments but added that it could grow by one more, an allusion to Carter. College coaches are not allowed to comment on high school players until after they have signed letters of intent.
Below is the statement issued by the university.
Chris Carter, an offensive lineman from John F. Kennedy High School in Cleveland, Ohio, has signed a national letter-of-intent to attend The Ohio State University.
A 6-6, 350-lb. offensive guard who led Cleveland’s Kennedy High into the Division II playoffs, he was selected as the Senate League’s Most Valuable Player while playing for Coach Scott Wodtly. A first team all-Senate League, all-region, and second team all-Ohio honoree, he was named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top 20. Carter was also a letterman in weightlifting and track and field.
The student government president at Kennedy, and a member of the Army JROTC, peer tutoring program, 100 Kennedy Men, and Students of Promise, he is the son of Christopher and Arnetress Carter.
“We are excited Chris will be a Buckeye,” says Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel. “He has had a great support system at home, as well as at his high school with the likes of his principal Maryum Sims, his athletic director Velma Pettiegrew, and his coach Scott Wodtly. They truly believe that Chris will have great success on and off the field at Ohio State.”