Tigers Lead For Promising Defensive End

Auburn emerged as the leader for one of Florida's top pass rushers following a weekend visit to the Plains.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—Rated a three-star prospect and the number 65 defensive end in the country by Scout.com, Dillard High standout Antoine Carter took his first official visit over the weekend when he traveled to Auburn to check out Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

After having the chance to watch the Tigers practice for their upcoming bowl appearance against Nebraska and also spending some quality time with the coaches and players, Carter says that he can see himself playing for Auburn in the future.

"I like the players, the people and the coaches," Carter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I feel like it's somewhere I could play football. Auburn is my favorite now, but I'm going to wait until I make all my visits before I make a decision, but that is the place for me."

Carter is a big defensive end who is still growing.

Rating his visit a nine on a scale from 1-10, Carter says that he enjoyed spending time with player host Quentin Groves away from the football field. A 6-5, 235 defensive end who excels at rushing the passer, Carter says that Groves gave him some good advice to use when making his decision.

"We got along good," Carter says. "He told me what to look for. He said it's about the coaches and not about the buildings. He said it's about the people you are going to be around for your four or five years."

While hanging out with Groves was fun for Carter and a learning experience, he says the best thing about the visit was spending time with other members of the team including friend Patrick Lee and watching an actual practice.

"The thing that stood out to me was mostly the players, the people that I'm going to be around for my four or five years," Carter says. "I also like the high tempo in practice. I'm glad I came in December so I could see a practice. If I would have come in January I couldn't have seen that. I also like the facilities. They are nice."

Scheduled to visit Florida State on Jan. 12 and West Virginia the following weekend, Carter says that for the moment Auburn is his leader. There's still a long way to go for him though as he'll take at least two more visits before announcing his decision on signing day at a ceremony at Dillard. He's also considering visits to Alabama and Ole Miss.

Transferring from tiny Bay Point High for his senior season, Carter, who is just 16 years old, had a very good year for Dillard with 50 tackles and eight sacks. As a junior Carter totaled 24 sacks to put his name on the minds of many college recruiters.

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