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Carter helped lift Cardinal

Quarterback Kevin Hogan wasn’t the only Virginia native that had a big game for Stanford this past Saturday night.

Stanford cornerback Alex Carter is 247Sports' National True Freshman of the Week.

The Cardinal’s stunning 17-14 overtime win against then-No. 1 Oregon on Saturday was highlighted by a stellar defensive effort and freshman cornerback Alex Carter, a Class of 2012 recruit from Briar Woods High in Ashburn, Va., was one of the catalysts for their performance.

Carter had six tackles, good enough for second on the team, including two for loss in the victory at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. For his efforts, he is 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week.

So far, Carter has been the star of Stanford’s 2012 recruiting class, which was ranked No. 6 nationally by 247Sports. He claimed a starting job midway through this season, making his first start in a 21-3 win against rival Cal in Berkeley, Calif., on Oct. 20.

As a recruit, many felt Carter would outgrow cornerback and play safety in college, but his size has actually has been beneficial during the early stages of his Stanford career. A position shift would not be something that is foreign to the Carter family. His father, Tom Carter, played free safety at Notre Dame before switching to cornerback in the National Football League.

247Sports National Analyst Gerry Hamilton was impressed with Carter’s showing.

“He was a stud in run support and set for a few linebacker tackles, too,” Hamilton said.

Carter was ranked as the No. 63 overall prospect nationally, the No. 3 safety and the No. 3 overall prospect in Virginia according to 247Sports. He was rated at 96, which translates to a four-star rating. According to 247Composite, which equally weighs the rankings and ratings of recruiting media networks, he ranked as the No. 67 overall prospect nationally, No. 4 at safety and No. 2 in Virginia. 247Composite rated him 0.9671, which equates to four stars.

National True Freshmen of the Week- 247Sports

Nov. 10- Duke Johnson, Miami
Nov. 3- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama
Oct. 27- Phillip Nelson, QB, Minnesota
Oct. 20- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Oct. 13- Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
Oct. 6- Aaron Burbridge, WR, Michigan State
Sept. 29- Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
Sept. 22- Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia
Sept. 15- Rushel Shell, RB, Pittsburgh

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