The West Virginia Mountaineers have their possible new top receiver signed on and officially part of the fold.
North Carolina State transfer wide receiver Devin Carter signed a grant-in-aid on Thursday and will now complete the rest of his college eligibility with WVU. This concludes Carter’s bizarre journey from announcing his intentions to transfer from the Wolfpack soon after his head coach publicly stated he was declaring for the NFL Draft, to his surprise commitment to Penn State, to then switching to West Virginia only nine days later. Carter now becomes West Virginia’s 6th total transfer addition who has actually signed.
Being able to secure a veteran receiver, especially one with experience having been played at a major conference program for several years, is a big deal for the Mountaineers who lost Bryce Ford-Wheaton, who ironically may have helped WVU land Carter, and Sam James to the NFL Draft and Kaden Prather and Reese Smith to the Transfer Portal.
Carter’s decision to transfer came in the midst of confusion, which maybe foreshadowed his eventual commit flip. When asked about if he had any players opting out the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren told the media that Carter would be missing the game due to declaring for the NFL Draft. Once he heard what his coach said, Carter then jumped on social media to dispute that statement and make it clear he had not made up his mind about his playing future yet. It was the next morning when Carter officially announced he was going to continue playing college football, but just somewhere else.
He caught 25 passes for 406 yards and two touchdowns in 2022. Despite having spent five years with the Wolfpack, Carter still has eligibility thanks to the COVID season and barely playing in 2018.