The University of Pittsburgh football program will add another Montgomery County product to its roster next season.
Former Gaithersburg High School standout Kamonte Carter tweeted Jan. 22 that he plans to join the Pitt football program, where he will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“He’s getting ready to be a Panther,” said Gaithersburg assistant coach Aaron Carter, Kamonte’s father. “He’s excited.”
Carter, a 6-foot, 5-inch, 300-pound defensive lineman, is set to join former Avalon standout Rachid Ibrahim on the Panthers’ roster this fall.
“Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has been there for me over this past year … next I would like to thank all the haters … It’s been a good learning experience for both me and my family,” Carter announced in a statement. “With this being said I’m proud to say I am officially committed to playing football for the next few years at the University of Pittsburgh #H2P”
Carter spent the 2016 campaign at East Mississippi Community College, where he compiled 36 tackles, two sacks and one interception for a squad that finished 11-1.
Two years ago, Carter put pen to paper on National Signing Day when he signed a letter of intent with Penn State. He was dismissed from the team last April for a violation of team rules and ended up at the Mississippi junior-college that was featured in the Netflix documentary series “Last Chance U.”
Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Louisville and Memphis also recruited the former Gaithersburg High standout, but Trojans’ head coach Kreg Kephart reached out to Pitt to determine if there was any interest in Carter.
“I think Kep made a phone call and they jumped right on it,” said Aaron Carter. “Kamonte was really high on Pitt.”
Carter is expected to contribute to Pitt’s defensive line next season and could see significant playing time right away.
“They think he has the athleticism to play all up and down that front four,” said Aaron Carter. “They have high hopes for him.”