Antwaine Carter Jr. got a lot done in four minutes. That’s all the time he needed to get an offer from Maryland, thank God, mull over the decision, pray on it and ultimately decide that “this will be home next year.”
The Terps called Carter Jr.’s father Friday night to invite the Westlake quarterback/defensive back for a visit and by the time he left College Park the next morning, he was the newest and least-expected Maryland commit.
Hailed as an “off-the-radar pick,” Carter Jr. was leaning toward Towson after fielding offers from from Shepherd, Fairmont State and Delaware State. He told his dad that if Maryland did offer, it would come down to the Tigers and Terps, and he’d have to think it through.
After touring the campus and weighing the academic options — Carter Jr. wants to study communications, specifically broadcasting — he was sold. He was brought into an office after the tour and committed on the spot after Maryland made an offer.
“I like the academic part, the athletic part, I love the coaching staff and the campus,” he said. “I’m excited because I’ve found a home, and another chance to play football.”
Carter Jr. spent three years on varsity for the Wolverines. He helped Westlake sneak into the fourth spot in 3A South playoffs with a four-touchdown, 324-yard performance against North Point for a 38-26 win at the end of the regular season.
The spot on the Maryland roster opened up after a sudden decommitment from Georgia safety Jordan Noil. Westlake has fashioned itself as a defensive team in the past few years, largely due to the size and speed of players such as 6-2, 185- pound Carter Jr. He knew the Terps had been looking at him since his junior year, but assumed that the Saturday morning trip would just include a chat and maybe a tour. He had no idea that the Terps had just lost a safety commit.
“I didn’t look it up, I just went up there, figured I’d see what they were talking about or going to say,” he said. “I didn’t know they were going to offer then.”