Weight: 195 pounds
Position / Projected Pos: S / S
Ranking: Two-star safety, ranked #116th nationally
Recruiting Recap: The 6-foot-1, 190-pound committed to San Jose State in late October, saying he was "stuck" on the Spartans. However, the departure of head coach Mike MacIntyre to Colorado set his commitment in disarray, as Carter opened up his recruitment and began to receive interest from a few new programs, including Duke.
"Duke offered me a couple of weeks after Coach MacIntyre left San Jose State. They came in contact with me a few days later. [Duke head coach David] Cutcliffe and Coach MacIntyre are close friends, so they didn't want to recruit me while I was a San Jose State commit," he said.
The Blue Devils did a good job of recruiting Carter. When receivers coach Matt Lubick, his area recruiter, and defensive backs coach Derek Jones arrived in California for Carter's in-home, the athlete had some good news to share.
"The coaches were at my in-home visit about two weeks ago. My family and I were talking with them and I committed," he said.
Noteable: During his senior year, Carter had ninety tackles, two interceptions, ten pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries. On the offensive side, he had over 600 receiving yards and set a record on the All-Time California State list for most receiving yards in a single game with ten receptions for 317 yards and five touchdowns.
"I play mostly safety in our defense, but I could play cornerback too," said Carter. "I like receiver and have a lot of experience and if that opens up some opportunities, that would be great. I definitely think about it and I can go either way in college, so I'm not set on the secondary. Safety is just my preferred position overall." - Phillip Carter
Scouting Report: "One of the better two-way prospects from Northern California, Carter made his biggest impact on offense this year, when he had a state-record, 317-yard receiving game. But its safety where he'll play in college. He's rangy with good closing speed and very good ball skills. Could even play corner at the next level. Needs to get a little bigger in the upper body." - Brandon Huffman
Projected 2013 Role: Carter will most likely redshirt when arriving at Duke.