Considered one of the top defensive end prospects in Florida this season, the 6-3 1/2, 225 Carter has offers from programs all over the country, but says that his final three choices are Auburn, Florida State and Ole Miss despite late attempts from several schools such as North Carolina to get in the picture. Having visited all three schools officially Carter says that's it for him and he won't take any other trips.
"I'm still standing with three schools," Carter tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "The three schools I visited are all that are left. I'm done taking visits. It was getting pretty tiring."
Antoine Carter is a talented defensive end who will likely get much bigger and stronger on the collegiate level.
With his first trip to Ole Miss and second to Auburn in December, Carter maintained all along that the Tigers were the team to beat for his services. While he says now that he won't name a leader before signing day, it doesn't sound as if the trip to Florida State was enough to sway his original thinking.
"The visit to Florida State was good," Carter says. "Nothing really stood out to me though. Everything was basically the same. I'll keep my favorite team on the inside right now. On signing day everybody will know."
Rated a four-star prospect and the number 22 defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com, Carter is a player who is considered to have tremendous upside because of his young age (just 16 years old) and physical ability. After accumulating 25 sacks as a junior at a smaller classification school, Carter transferred to Dillard as a senior and made 50 tackles and eight sacks for the Panthers.
Looking for an athletic defensive end to possibly help right away, Auburn is a team that has been hot on Carter's list since last summer. A speedster for a defensive end who has the quickness to disrupt a passing game off the corner, Carter says that Auburn has remained high on his list for several reasons.
"It's just a nice school with a good campus and nice environment," Carter says. "They have great players and it's pretty cool."
Carter says that he'll be one of several players to take part in Dillard's annual tradition of players announcing on signing day in front of the school. In the past that has usually been a good day for the Tigers with several big-time players such as recent standouts Junior Rosegreen and Stanley McClover choosing Auburn on that very stage. If it happens again it will be yet another big feather in Auburn's 2007 signing class.