South Florida Prospect To Visit Tigers

One of South Florida's top defensive end prospects talks recruiting and about his future visit to Auburn.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Despite making the move from one of Florida's smallest classifications to its biggest, defensive end Antoine Carter more than held his own in 2006 as one of the top defenders for Dillard High this season.

At 6-5, 235 pounds and with a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.7 seconds, Carter is a physically gifted player who had to adjust to different surroundings this season. Despite moving up to a level where everyone he played against is talented and has size, Carter says that he feels like he did pretty well for the Panthers.

"Coming from a 1A school up to 6A I thought it was going to be a big change, but it was really only the population that was different," Carter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That's the only thing that is different. As far as the talent everything was basically the same."

Although it wasn't the usual stellar year for Dillard with the team going 4-6, Carter was one of the bright spots for the south Florida power. In 10 games he finished with nearly 50 tackles and added eight sacks while playing defensive end for the Panthers.

Carter is a long, rangy defensive end with the frame to get much bigger in college.

Playing at tiny Bay Point High in Miami his first three seasons, Carter was a true terror on the football field. Starting since his freshman year, he totaled a very impressive 64 tackles and 24 sacks his junior season.

Those numbers and his physical ability have colleges from all over trying to convince him to join their programs next season. A player who admits he doesn't follow college football a great deal, Carter says that he's looking at a short list of schools at the moment.

"I'm looking at Auburn, Alabama, West Virginia, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Rutgers," Carter says. "I have offers from all of those schools. I don't have a favorite at the moment."

Friends with Auburn junior cornerback Patrick Lee from his days growing up in Miami, Carter says that Auburn is a team that has interested him for a long time. That has especially been true since transferring to Dillard where for a long time Auburn has been a fixture for former Panther standouts.

Carter says that he's scheduled a visit to see Auburn on the weekend of Jan. 11-13 and that is the only official visit he's set at the moment. He notes that he's heard a lot about the Tigers, but is anxious to see things for himself.

"They tell me a lot about it," Carter says. "I really don't know much about them. I really don't follow college football. Professional football I don't like either. I just stay on my level. On my visit I'm just looking to see the town, the weather, the environment."

Something that could work in Auburn's favor is having Lee as a sounding board in the coming weeks. Getting ready for Thanksgiving, Carter says he's hoping to talk to Lee this week and ask him more about the program.

"The people that I know that come home for Thanksgiving I'm going to ask them what they looked for so I'll know what to look for in a school," Carter says. "My brother told me that Pat is at Auburn, but I don't think he's come home yet. I know him and hope to talk to him while he's home."

A solid student, Carter maintains a 3.3 GPA and made a 710 on his first SAT attempt.

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