It’s been a productive week for Utah State’s football program when it come to recruiting wide receivers.
Two days after Utah graduate transfer Siaosi Mariner announced he will be coming to Logan, the Aggies received a verbal commitment from a highly regarded high school senior. Ajani Carter pledged his commitment to USU on Wednesday.
“It’s Official. #AggiesAllTheWay #AggieUp #AGTG,” Carter posted.
Carter became somewhat of a social media celebrity last month when he hauled in a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the Texas 6A state championship game. Carter’s 45-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Dematrius Davis — who also has a scholarship offer from USU — as time expired lifted North Shore to a stunning 41-36 victory over then-undefeated Duncanville on Dec. 22 in front of more than 42,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas. Carter won a jump ball against a pair of Duncanville players and a teammate in the back of the end zone on the home field of the Dallas Cowboys.
North Shore, which is located close to Houston, went 16-0 this past season.
Carter, a 3-star recruit according to 247sports.com, originally verbally committed to UTEP last September but elected to decommit from the Miners last week. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound wideout also had scholarship offers from Power 5 Conference program Indiana and Group of 5 programs Southern Mississippi and Louisiana Monroe.
Carter was in Cache Valley for his official visit with the Aggies a couple weeks ago. Carter first tweeted out he received an offer from Utah State on Dec. 20.
In addition to Carter and Davis, the Aggies have offered scholarships to at least two more of their North Shore teammates. Davis, a sophomore, threw five TD passes in the state title game.
Also on Wednesday the Aggies received a verbal commitment from preferred walk-on quarterback Garrett Larson. The 6-4, 185-pound signal caller completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,877 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games for the Davis Darts during the 2018 campaign.
Larson had offers from a few smaller four-year programs.
“I am excited to announce that I am COMMITTING to play football at Utah State University,” Larson posted Wednesday on Twitter. “I am grateful to all the Aggie Coaches for this fantastic opportunity, with a special thanks to Coaches Sanford, Maile and Andersen as well as Zach Nyborg. I am so impressed with the direction of the program and can’t wait to get started.”