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Noah Carter commits to Alabama; elite edge rusher follows new coach Kalen DeBoer

Carter was released by Washington from national letter of intent after Huskies' head coach left to replace Nick Saban

After a visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend, Noah Carter is reportedly headed east, not north.

The consensus four-star Corona Centennial (California) edge rusher committed to Alabama and new head coach Kalen DeBoer on Thursday, as reported by On3's Hayes Fawcett, after initially signing with Washington in the early signing period.

The news appears to be special for more than one reason. 

"Best birthday gift I can ask for. #RollTide," he shared on Twitter/X in response to the news. 

Carter decommitted from the Huskies on Jan. 13, after DeBoer left Washington to replace Nick Saban, who unceremoniously retired after the season.

He was offered by Alabama on Jan. 15 and was released from his national letter of intent he signed with Washington two days later. 

Before the 6-foot-4, 220 pounds Carter visited Tuascaloosa last weekend, he told SBLive's Andrew Nemec he saw a future home in Alabama. 

"It would be great to play against the best of the best," Carter said, citing the Crimson Tide's track record of developing NFL players. 

Carter is the No. 8 ranked edge in the country and nation's No. 82 rated prospect, according to 247 Sports.

He initially committed to Washington in June

-- Andy Buhler | | @sblivesports