ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Four-star linebacker Barrett Carter is heading into his junior season with plenty of interest from top college football programs. But when Notre Dame came calling, Carter paid it special attention.In an interview with IrishIllustrated, spoke glowingly about Notre Dame’s academics on top of its stellar football program. He pointed out that his parents also loved Notre Dame and would be excited to see him get a degree from the school.“Most definitely, (the Irish offer) is huge for me. I don’t want to just go to a football school. I want to play football in college, obviously. But if football doesn’t work out, I need a degree. Coming out and saying I have a Notre Dame degree, that’s huge and my parents, they’ve always loved Notre Dame because we grew up in Chicago. They were right next door to Notre Dame. They always said how good of an offer that is…”247Sports rates Carter as the No. 98 overall prospect in the country for the Class of 2021. He is the No. 7 outside linebacker in the nation, and the No. 12 prospect from the state of Georgia.Despite living in Georgia though, he does possess closer ties to Notre Dame than other talents from the south. He was raised in Chicago, just a few hours away from South Bend, Indiana – giving him more experience with the Midwest than some other would-be Notre Dame prospects. As a sophomore at North Gwinnett, Carter recorded 51 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks.Carter may have rave reviews for Notre Dame, but the Irish still face stiff competition for his commitment.He’s already made unofficial visits to Alabama, Duke, Georgia Tech, and Kentucky, and has offers from several other SEC schools.Will Barrett Carter join the Irish, or will he stay in the southeast?