Alex Carter will forgo his senior season and enter his name into the 2015 NFL Draft, as announced Wednesday by the Stanford junior cornerback.
"It's been an honor to compete alongside my teammates and brothers at Stanford, and represent the University on and off the field," Carter said. "This was a difficult decision, and I have put much thought into it with my family and mentors. I would like to extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to my coaches, professors, and the Stanford family for putting me in the position to achieve my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL."
Carter, a psychology major, has started 33 games in his three seasons with the Cardinal, including the last 12 games of 2014. With Carter locking down one side of the field, Stanford entered the bowl season second nationally in scoring defense (16.0), seventh in passing defense (175.7) and fifth in total defense (287.4).
The Cardinal held all 13 of its opponents below their season averages in passing and total offense.
Known for his physicality at the cornerback position, Carter has forced five fumbles in three seasons for the Cardinal, including three as a true freshman in 2012. In addition, 106 of Carter's 146 career tackles have been solo tackles. Carter recorded two interceptions in his collegiate career.
Carter's father, Tom, was the first-round pick of the Washington Redskins and played for three NFL teams in a career that lasted from 1993-2001.