Originally scheduled to be on campus the second week in January, Carter says that he decided to move up his visit to check out the Tigers during their bowl practices. "I'm going up there this weekend," Carter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers.
Carter's decision reschedule his visit may have come because of a recent visit to his house by several Auburn coaches. Running back coach Eddie Gran recruits South Florida for the Tigers and Carter says he recently made a visit to his house along with another coach.
"Coach Gran came by last week," Carter notes. "He brought the head coach (Tommy Tuberville) with him. It was good. From what I hear not many head coaches come out on the road. It went real good."
Antoine Carter is a speedy pass rusher who has the size to play early in college.
A 6-5, 235-pounder who transferred to Dillard from a small school, Bay Point, before his senior season, Carter finished with 50 tackles and eight sacks this season for the Panthers after a 24-sack season as a junior against smaller competition.
"I feel like I stepped up in the move up in class," he says. "As you get older you get better so I feel like I performed better this year than last year."
Those pass rushing numbers and a 4.7 second 40-yard dash time have colleges from all over looking at Carter for immediate help on the defensive line. Looking at Alabama, West Virginia, Florida State and Ole Miss in addition to Auburn, Carter says he doesn't have any additional visits scheduled at the moment, but notes he knows what he's looking for in a college program when he gets on campus.
"I'm just looking for a school I'm comfortable with," he says. "It's not necessarily just the school, but also the players I'll be around. I'm also looking at the attitudes of the players and coaches."
Thursday night Carter will have a chance to be one of the stars shining bright in Florida when he takes part in the Florida North-South All-Star game to be held at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. He says he's looking forward to the chance to show what he can do against top talent from across the Sunshine State.