2017 Defensive End Talks Auburn Camp

Speedy 2017 defensive end Zachary Carter talks about his experience at Auburn's summer camp on Sunday.

Tampa, Fla.--One of the top 2017 defensive end prospects in the South, speedy Zachary Carter was in Auburn on Sunday for the first of several big camps for the Tigers. With good size, speed and athleticism, Carter earned a spot in the top group on Sunday and left with a good impression of Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff.

“I really enjoyed camping at Auburn,” Carter said. “I learned a lot from the coaches and I got to talk to Coach Malzahn. I like Auburn.

“He (Malzahn) was just talking to me about the program and what it takes to play there,” he added. “He said he loves my attitude and my hustle during camp.”

One of the draws for Carter to camp at Auburn was Will Muschamp being back on the Plains. A coach he got to see plenty of the last few years when he coached at Florida, Muschamp’s defensive prowess speaks for itself and definitely speaks to Carter.

“He’s a defensive genius,” Carter said. “Since they brought Coach Muschamp in that defense should be much better this year.”

Already with over a dozen offers to his credit early in the recruiting process from schools such as Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Penn State, Carter said at the moment he’s just focused on improving, but he admits the early attention is something he didn’t expect.

“really, I didn’t see it coming,” Carter said. “It’s humbling. I’m just trying to stay humble and take it day-by-day.”

While Auburn hasn’t joined the offer parade yet, Carter said getting the news from the Tigers would be a big one for him if and when the time comes. With Florida and Clemson two early favorites, he said Auburn would be right in there with an offer.

“I think they’re pretty close,” Carter said. “An Auburn offer would be big. Just looking at their program and winning history I would take Auburn into account.”

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