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Carter: 'I decided to stay home'

The top-rated recruit in Georgia's 2014 signing class has now committed to be a part of it.

Norcross (Ga.) High School five-star prospect Lorenzo Carter announced for Georgia on Wednesday afternoon, putting the cherry on top of the Bulldogs' 2014 class.

"I decided to stay home and represent my state," Carter said, "and hopefully bring a national championship back to Georgia. ... I'm proud. I'm going to represent the state well. Don't be surprised if we win a few big games."

Carter referenced the hire of Jeremy Pruitt as well as new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker as major factors in his decision.

"The coaching staff, they're going to develop me," Carter said. "Coach Rocker, he's a great man, and I feel like he's going to push me to do my best. ... That defense is going to be nasty, and I plan on being a big part of it."

A five-star prospect, Carter is rated the nation's No. 18 overall player in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

He said he second choice to Georgia was LSU and that "It was so close. It was like 51-49. I had to just make a grown-man decision and live with it."

"Without (Pruitt), if they didn't pick him up," Carter said. "I would have probably ended up at LSU right now."

Carter said a part of making his decision was, "Listening to my sister just talk to me about Georgia and representing the state and just thinking how big it would be if I brought home a national championship."

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