Carter to transfer to Maryland

Aaron Holiday

Rob Carter, a former five-star high school recruit, opted to transfer out of Georgia Tech after two seasons. Now he's headed to Maryland. Carter spoke to Scout.com about his decision.

After taking three visits, Robert Carter, who is transferring from Georgia Tech, has settled on his new college destination.

Carter informed Scout.com that he intends to transfer to Maryland.

"I'm very excited," Carter said. "I went through the process. I had some great schools that recruited me. It was a tough decision. I just feel like this was the best decision."

Carter, a 6-foot-9 power forward, visited Maryland on Wednesday and Thursday. He had previously visited St. John's and South Carolina.

"Once I saw it, I wanted to jump right on it," Carter told Scout.com.

"It wasn't planned for me to commit this week, but like I said once I saw Turgeon and the Maryland staff and being around the players, I just said this was something I wanted to be apart of," Carter said. "It's something I want to contribute to."

Carter cited his relationship with Mark Turgeon as one of the primary reasons for going with the Terrapins.

"Throughout the process he called me when I decided I was going to transfer," Carter said. "He laid out a plan on what he would help me do and I liked it."

"He was a coach in the NBA," Carter added. "He was on a NBA staff. He has a great staff around him and is very good at skill development. The weight guy helped transform Dexter Pittman's body and helped Alex Len gain weight."

Maryland's 2014 recruiting class is promising and ranks No. 9 in the country. Carter played with some of the incoming recruits during his visit and was impressed with their potential.

"Turgeon has a great recruiting class coming in that's going to be good," he said. "By the time I can play, they'll be sophomores. I think we have a great chance to win a Big Ten championship and a national championship."

As a sophomore at Georgia Tech, Carter averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He shot 46.7-percent from the field.

"I'm a guy that can really help a team out a lot," he said. "I can score, play in the post and play inside and out. I can pass the ball and they can run the offense through me. I got a bunch of guys around me that can make shots."

Carter was regarded as a five-star recruiting coming out of high school. Carter was AAU teammates on Atlanta Xpress with incoming freshman Trayvon Reed.

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