MOBILE, Ala.– Greenville defensive lineman Kenneth Carter, one of the state’s top collegiate prospects who committed to play for the Auburn Tigers, has been named to the roster for the 2009 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, game officials announced.
Carter’s addition to the game also means that 31 players on the Alabama and Mississippi team rosters have already verbally committed to play at SEC and other major colleges next fall.
Kenneth Carter replaces Mountain Brook's Wilson Love, an Alabama commitment, on the 37-man Alabama team roster. Love suffered a broken leg during Mountain Brook's 47-0 victory over Carver in the season-finale on October 30, and is expected to make a complete recovery.
Carter’s addition to the Alabama team roster now gives Auburn six commitments in this year’s game. He joins linebackers Jawara White from Charles Henderson and Jess Lanier’s LaDarius Owens, wide receiver Jeremy Richardson from Springville, Ariton defensive end Craig Sanders and Olive Branch (Miss.) offensive lineman Shon Coleman.
Carter, a 6-5, 267-pounder, has been the dominant force for one of the state’s top defenses in 2009, as Greenville has held opponents to a touchdown or less in eight of its 11 games.
“While we are disappointed for Wilson that he will not have the opportunity to play in this year’s All-Star Classic and wish him well in his recovery, it opened the door for another great player to join this year’s Alabama roster," said All-Star Classic Executive Director Vic Knight.
"Kenneth is a very deserving addition to the team, as he will not only play at the next level, but has also enjoyed a tremendous senior year in helping lead his team to an undefeated season."
Greenville, which entered the playoffs as the state’s number two ranked team and is currently one of only two 5A schools with perfect 11-0 records, will host Demopolis in a second-round playoff game this Friday after knocking out Moody 40-7 last week.
When the Alabama and Mississippi team rosters were first announced in October, 29 players had already made verbal commitments to attend major college programs. However, that number has increased to 31 within the past two weeks as two All-Star Classic recently announced their intentions to play at Southern Miss next fall.
On Nov. 4, Oak Grove (Miss.) High School star wide receiver Steve McNair, Jr., verbally commitment to play for the Golden Eagles, while Seth Reedy, an offensive lineman from Piedmont (Ala.) High School, also committed to USM on Oct. 28.
The son of former NFL star Steve McNair, who played in the 1991 All-Star Classic, had offers from several BCS schools across the country including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Minnesota and Nebraska, but elected to play for USM which is located in his hometown.
McNair has been an all-around threat for Oak Grove this fall, catching 42 passes for 411 yards and three scores, while also rushing for 293 yards and passing for 141. Last year, he caught 58 passes for 962 yards and eight touchdowns at Mount Olive (Miss.).
Southern Mississippi now has seven commitments in this year’s game, while Alabama has five. Other SEC schools with All-Star Classic verbal commitments on the roster include Mississippi State with seven, Vanderbilt with two and LSU, Ole Miss and Florida with one apiece.
The 2009 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic is scheduled for Saturday, December 12. The contest, which will be nationally televised by VERSUS, will kickoff at 12:30 p.m