Four star linebacker Arion Carter announced his commitment decision Wednesday just after noon. Carter chose Tennessee over Alabama and Ohio State.

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Carter, a native of Smyrna, Tenn. was ranked as the number three overall prospect in his home state and the number 14 linebacker in the class of 2023. He also earned Tennessee's class 6A Mr. Football award.

Carter was recruited by offensive line coach Eric Wolford and defensive coordinator Pete Golding. Ultimately, Tennessee's Time Banks and Brian Jean-Marie won that battle.

Carter played both ways in high school. As a running back, he amassed 2,746 yards and 43 touchdowns on 416 carries and caught 31 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. As a defender, he shut down opposing offenses, tallying 92 tackles and seven tackles for loss in his senior season.

Alabama will probably be fine without Carter, but he would have been a nice addition to its number one ranked class of 2023. The Tide looked thin at linebacker this season, and Carter could have been a huge help.

Who knows, though. Maybe Carter will go the way of former Tennessee Volunteer Henry To'oTo'o and play his best ball in Tuscaloosa still.

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