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Martels Carter Jr. Commits To Kentucky

Kentucky Football has been locking up big recruiting pieces for the upcoming class of 2025 as of late. Just a couple of weeks ago Mark Stoops and the coaching staff received a commitment from Marquise Davis, one of the top running backs in next year’s class. Now Kentucky manages to land four-star safety, Martels Carter Jr., as he announced his commitment on social media.


Martels was the number one overall recruit in the entire state of Kentucky for his class right ahead of defensive lineman, Javeon Campbell (which Kentucky is heavily involved with as well), before 247Sports updated their rankings on Friday. He’s now listed as the state’s second rated player.

The 6'1" 190-pound defensive back/safety is one of the top prospects in the entire country for 2025 as he is hovering around a top-200 player status. Carter is also a top-20 recruit for his particular position.


In 2022, Martels Carter spent his sophomore season with Chattanooga Brainerd in Tennessee where he had 47 tackles, 7 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles on defense. He also had a role on offense where he complied 1,806 total yards and 21 touchdowns while working at the quarterback position.


After that season he would transfer to Paducah Tilghman High School in Paducah, Kentucky, where he was able to see both sides of the ball there while also filling in as Paducah's punt returner. He helped lead the school to an undefeated season and through those eleven games he caught 35 receptions for 962 receiving yards along with 10 touchdowns on offense.


The newest Wildcat is an all-around athlete as he also runs track when not playing football. As a sophomore, he clocked times of 10.94, 10.95, and 11.19 in the 100-meter dash so I’m very confident the kid has the speed to play at the safety position in the SEC. This was another good get for Mark Stoops’ staff because he had several offers from other high-profile schools such as Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Oregon, Tulane, and USC, among many others.



Here are some highlights of Kentucky's latest pickup as you get to learn just what his individual game is all about.





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