Interest Growing in Growing Prospect

A recruiting report is featured on 2010 football prospect Kenneth Carter.

Greenville, Ala.--Although he wasn't able to scrimmage in spring drills, interest has not diminished in 2010 football prospect Kenneth Carter.

"Recruiting is going very well," says Carter, who is wrapping up his junior year at Greenville High School. "I have got offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Troy, South Alabama, LSU, Kentucky and Southern Miss."

Greenville High coach Ben Blackmon says that because the lineman had shoulder surgery following the season the decision was made to not take any chances with a key player for the Tigers and he was held out of contact drills in the spring. Blackmon notes that Carter will be ready to go full speed this fall.

"My surgery went very well," points out Carter, who notes that he is encouraged with how well his rehab has gone. "This spring I have worked a lot on the weights and with my conditioning."

The lineman says he plans to keep developing his football skills over the summer. "I am working on increasing my speed and becoming stronger," he points out. "I am also working on my pursuit angles trying to become better at that for my senior season."

Carter says his best 40-yard dash time is a 4.84, but believes he can do better. "I am planning on trying to get it down to like a 4.7 and, if I could, a 4.6," he says. "I am going to work extremely hard over the summer to try to meet that goal."

A three-year starter for the Tigers, Carter could play several positions this year. "I am going to play both end and tackle and I may play guard on the offensive line," he says.

Carter hopes to be playing on a team capable of winning a lot of games this fall. The Tigers wrapped up their spring practice with a brief, but impressive, performance at Opelika High in a spring jamboree. With three minutes left in the first quarter, the game was delayed and later cancelled due to lightning with Greenville ahead 14-0.

"I think we will have a real good team," Carter says. "I think the jamboree game against Opelika showed what we can do. We played well against them and they are a 6A team and we are a 5A team."

The senior-to-be says he weighs in at 270 pounds and stands six-foot-five. "They tell l me I am still growing," he says, adding that he won't be surprised he plays in the 290 range by the time he gets to college.

Carter is shown on the sidelines at his team's spring football game on Friday night.

Carter says he plans to visit as many summer football camps as he can make. He notes that trips to Auburn, LSU, Alabama and Florida are already on his schedule. He says he is headed into the camp season with an open mind about where he would like to attend college. "I don't have a favorite," he says.

He notes he is looking for a "good environment" to spend his college years and wants to earn a degree in education. "My goal is to become a coach," he says.

His coach, Blackmon, says that he sees multiple signs that Carter is growing as a person as well as a player.

"We are going to need his leadership as a senior," Blackmon says. "His athletic ability is tremendous and that is important, but we are looking for him to take a bigger role as a leader this season and we need that to happen for our team to play to its potential."

Blackmon says that he and the rest of the Greenville High coaches are seeing signs that Carter is becoming more mature and trying to take a leadership role. The head coach notes that Blackmon has made significant strides in the classroom, too, as he is working harder than ever to become an academic qualifier so he can take advantage of those scholarship offers.

Blackmon says that Carter's willingness to play offensive guard in addition to defense is another sign that the big lineman is developing into a team-first type of player.

On the field the coach says the plan is continue to work on improving the lineman's quickness and developing a more nasty attitude. "He needs to play all of the time with the mentality that he is going to whip his opponent every time in practice and every time in a game. If he will take that attitude he is going to be a really good player."

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