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Pat Signal: Kamonte Carter commits to Pitt

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Pitt lands a junior-college defensive tackle

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Kamonte Carter announced today that he has committed to the University of Pittsburgh. Chris Peak of Pantherlair.com was the first one to the story. Carter was on an official visit this weekend and decided to make the call right away rather than waiting as most recruits tend to do.

Kam Carter is a 6’5” 310 pound defensive tackle. He played this past season for East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, MS. If you recognize that school, it was the one highlighted in the acclaimed Netflix documentary “Last Chance U.” While playing for the Lions this season, Carter recorded 36 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception and helped lead EMCC to a 11-1 season.

Carter was a four-star recruit out of high school and signed on to play for Penn State. As a member for the Nittany Lions program, Kam Carter was kicked off the team for a violation of team rules. That ultimately took him to Scooba, Mississippi for a shot at redemption.

In addition to an offer from Pitt, Carter had Louisville, Texas, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech extended offers for the three-star defensive tackle. Carter only visited Pitt, and opted to pick a school near his hometown of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Carter becomes the 22nd recruit for the 2017 recruiting class, but there appears to be a silent commitment unnamed at the moment. So technically, maybe Carter is the 23rd. I suppose that is an argument for another day.

Carter is the first defensive tackle for this class, and will likely be expected to compete for playing time next season. Pitt recruited an impressive haul of defensive tackles last season with Amir Watts, Keyshon Camp, and Rashad Wheeler and they too will be in the mix as starters Tyrique Jarrett and Shakir Soto will be graduating.

It appears we are now in the stretch run of recruiting, and signing day is within reach. There will be one more weekend of official visits, and the faxes start to roll in a week from Wednesday. Right now Pitt has 22 known commitments, and it appears another kid is committed to make 23. We’ll see how many more players Pat Narduzzi opts to bring in, as room should be close to running out. Stay tuned for the final week of recruiting, more updates should follow.