Count 5-star defensive prospect Lorenzo Carter among the plethora of recruits who enjoyed his visit to Sanford Stadium two weeks ago (to watch the Dawgs play South Carolina); Carter, one of the more coveted pieces of the 2014 recruiting class, has continued to list the Georgia Bulldogs in his top 3 (Alabama and Florida are also included), and now states that the short distance to Athens is also a plus for him and his family.
“I have been to Georgia multiple times, so I have seen most of everything, but I loved the game atmosphere for the game against South Carolina,” Carter said.
While the process has not become cumbersome for Carter or his family, his mother did acknowledge after the game Friday that most attempts by college coaches to get them on campus were not practical or financially efficient. That is where one advantage exists for Georgia — proximity to home.
“They are the in-state school and only 45 minutes from home, so my mom loves that,” Carter said. “I got to take my sister up there for the first time and she was excited. She loves Coach Mark Richt.” (Kipp Adams, 247 Sports)
It’s never a bad thing to hear a prospect’s family is pro-Georgia, but some continue to question Carter’s ability to be successful at the next level, given his overall lack of dominance on the football field this season.
Tough losses to both Booker T. Washington and North Gwinnett High School, in consecutive weeks, has already tempered expectations for Carter’s Norcross Blue Devils (who went undefeated last season, on their way to a State Championship, but lost better than 80% of its offense) and shined an even brighter spotlight on Carter’s play on the defensive side of the ball—play that some are starting to say isn’t worthy of 5-stars—especially with the offense struggling to put points on the board this season.
Lost in the criticism, however, is the fact that, despite his performance so far this season (and keep in mind it’s still early), Carter isn’t likely to play defensive end at the next level; his hybrid size makes him a much better fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, than it does a rush end in a 4-3. Even more, his dual sport status (he also plays basketball) has probably lessened his football focus where hitting the weights is concerned—clearly Carter could stand to add 20-30 more pounds—and with the target squarely on his back this season, that could be a partial explanation for why the box score doesn’t include his name as much as some might like.
That being said, his potential is still through the roof and, with the right coaching, there is no limit to what he could do in the future—and it is for that reason the Bulldogs have no intention of letting off the gas with him anytime soon.