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Three Star Safety V’Lique Carter Commits To Iowa State

Iowa State picks up an explosive safety that could return kicks as a freshman.

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Let it never be said that Matt Campbell and his staff at Iowa State are not working their absolute hardest on the recruiting trail. It’s no secret that the state of Iowa doesn’t produce the same quantity of top-tier recruits as other states. Matt Campbell has recognized this, and is not letting it hold him back on the recruiting trail. Campbell is willing to go anywhere and everywhere to find recruits to play for the Cyclones. On Wednesday, another recruit decided to cross the country and join Iowa State’s 2018 recruiting class. Three-star safety V’Lique Carter out of West Palm Beach, FL is committed to Iowa State.


Name POS Location HT WT Committed Rivals 247Sports
SS West Palm Beach
5-10 170 11/15/2017 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Carter is the 17th commit in Iowa State’s 2018 class. Carter is the fifth defensive back commitment in this class, joining Jaeveyon Morton, Dallas Taylor-Cortez, Anthony Johnson Jr. and Greg Eisworth. Carter is the second commitment from the state of Florida. Carter joins fellow defensive back Anthony Johnson Jr. as commits from the Sunshine state. With Carter’s commitment Iowa State has the seventh ranked class in the Big 12 and the 56th ranked class in the nation.

Carter picked the Cyclones over 10+ other offers, including offers from Oklahoma, Purdue, Kentucky, UCF, Tulane, Appalachian State, Colorado State, and Western Kentucky. Carter visited Iowa State on October 13th for their game against Kansas. He was treated to a complete beatdown as the Cyclones beat the Jayhawks that day 45-0.

Carter isn’t the biggest defensive back out there, but what he might lack in size he more than makes up for in pure athleticism. Carter has great instincts that show themselves in both his play at defensive back and in the return game.

One of the things I love about Carter’s game on defense is his awareness of when to go for the interception and when to go for the pass break up. Too many times defenders will go for the interception only to miss it, and allow the receiver to go for big yardage. Carter has great awareness, and knows when he simply needs to knock the ball down.

Carter might make his most immediate impact though in the return game. There are plenty of players out there with great speed, and Carter is one of them. The thing that not every player has is vision in the return game. Carter is able to within seconds diagnose the best route for his return, and he is at full speed almost instantaneously once he has made his decision. It would not surprise me in the least to see Carter get some playing time as a return man his first year in Ames.

If he is able to put on some good weight, and keep all his athleticism I can see his ceiling comparison being DeAngelo Hall.


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