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E.C. Central's Carter will not play football at NIU, school spokesman says

2014-06-17T22:00:00Z 2014-06-18T17:42:34Z E.C. Central's Carter will not play football at NIU, school spokesman saysSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

E.C. Central's Martayveus Carter will not play football at Northern Illinois this fall. After committing to play for the Huskies last summer, the university confirmed that the 2013 Times Defensive Player of the Year will not attend there.

NIU Associate Director of Media Relations Joe Summins said that Carter never applied to Northern Illinois, and that he never signed a National Letter of Intent, so there was no scholarship to be rescinded.

Carter also did not take part in E.C. Central's recent graduation ceremony.

"I haven't spoken to him in a couple of months," former E.C. football coach Stacy Adams said on Monday night. "He was dealing with some issues but I have not heard that he lost his scholarship (NIU)."

Carter led Adams' Cardinals to the Class 4A Northern Semistate last November. He set the program's career mark in tackles with 505. He was second in career rushing at the school with 3,467 yards and first in rushing touchdowns with 53.

Attempts to reach Carter on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Whether Carter will need to attend a junior college or prep school is still undetermined. But joining NIU's heralded mid-major football program is no longer an option.

"I hope everything works out for Marty," Adams said. "He is a tremendous football player. He just needs to get some things straightened out."

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