Stratford senior standout T.J. Carter committed to Memphis on Friday morning.
Carter, a transfer from Hendersonville, is the second member of The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen to commit to Memphis, joining Davidson Academy offensive tackle Obinna Eze, who pledged with the Tigers last month.
“I think Memphis is on the rise right now,” Stratford coach Maurice Fitzgerald said. “They’re up and coming — they had one of the top quarterbacks (Paxton Lynch) drafted last year — and there’s just a lot going on there.
“He’s not too far from home, and I think it’s a great fit.”
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Carter, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back and cornerback, chose Memphis over scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
“He doesn’t just blow you away with his athletic ability, but he can make all the plays and he just wins,” Fitzgerald said. “I think Memphis is getting a tremendous, tremendous steal.”
Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Carter, No. 9 on this year’s Dandy Dozen, was the 46th-ranked cornerback in the Class of 2017 and the state’s 14th-ranked overall prospect.
Through two games this season, Carter has rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries while also hauling in three receptions for 86 yards and a pair of scores.
As a junior, Carter ran for 1,004 yards and 10 touchdowns, helping lead Hendersonville to a third consecutive 10-win season.
East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips is now the lone member of this year’s Dandy Dozen who has yet to announce his college commitment.