College Football Recruiting: Lorenzo Carter

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The state of Georgia is always a hot bed of football talent every recruiting year and this year is no different.  Georgia seems to produce large, fast defensive players that could compete at a college level off pure athleticism.  Add those players with good high school programs and you get nationally ranked prospects.

Players from Georgia take up numerous spots in the ESPN top 300-prospect list.  The best, uncommitted prospect from Georgia is defensive end prospect Lorenzo Carter.  Carter is from Norcross High School in Norcross, Ga., and ranks number 14 on the ESPN top 300 list.  The 6 foot 5 Carter is a long, lanky prospect with more upside than immediate impact, as of right now.

Even at 234 pounds, Carter needs to bulk up to reach his potential as an elite pass rusher.  He has all the tools to be dominant and his length will become an asset as he adds weight.  Carter’s quick first step and top-level athleticism is what jumps out at you on first glance.  Those facts plus his physical frame and his speed screams big time potential.

The SEC conference is well represented within his list of schools he is interested in.  Carter has offers from most schools around the country, but he has Georgia, Florida, Florida State and LSU as his top schools.  Each school has something to offer Carter and immediate playing time from one school may be in his future despite his lack of bulk.

Florida would add Carter to a group who still includes Dante Fowler Jr. and Ronald Powell, but loses defensive lineman Dominique Easley.  LSU could use him with the departures of defensive linemen Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson.  It would not surprise me if Carter saw limited playing time during his first year at LSU due to need.

Florida State is on his list but I do not think they really have a chance due to their stockpile of defenders.  Carter could be asked to redshirt his first year if he joins the Seminoles.

Georgia is the team to beat with Carter.  The Bulldogs have a good hold on their in-state prospects year after year with nine of their 17 commitments being from Georgia.  Carter could be the next five-star prospect to stay at home in Georgia.

His speed, size and athleticism make him a good player, but his upside makes him a top prospect.  Carter may not be an immediate impact type of guy, but he will grow into a solid defensive end in the SEC.