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Blue-chip defensive end Lorenzo Carter commits to Georgia over Florida and LSU

Lorenzo Carter Defensive end Lorenzo Carter committed to Georgia on National Signing Day. (Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMI)

Lorenzo Carter, a four-star defensive end out of Norcross (Ga.) High, was so coveted by Florida State and Florida that coaches from both schools recently attended one of his basketball games, sitting next to his family in a sort of awkward, avant-garde comedy show. Ultimately, those types of visits didn’t seem to make a difference, as the 36th-rated player in class of 2014 signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Georgia.

In addition to spurning scholarship offers from the Seminoles and the Gators, Carter also turned down offers from LSU and Notre Dame. His Rivals.com profile lists more than 30 offers, so it makes sense that teams were persistent (and creative) in their recruiting efforts.

The Bulldogs have a new defensive coordinator in former Florida State assistant Jeremy Pruitt. Carter said Pruitt's presence factored into his decision.

“That defense is going to be nasty,” Carter said on ESPNU, “and I plan on being a big part of it.”

The Under Armour All-America selection has a chance to be a difference-maker from day one. He not only shares a name with Cleveland’s first permanent settler, but he also loves his mom.

Earlier in the day, Georgia coach Mark Richt said that his favorite movie was Nacho Libre, and that he had probably seen it somewhere between 25 and 50 times. Make some popcorn, coach. You’ve got a prized defensive end.

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