Duke Among Several Interested In VA WR

Morgan Carter and his C.D. Hylton High School teammates did not get off to the start they expected this season, dropping their opener to Stonewall Jackson High School, a program they had not lost to in a decade. When a team has strong leadership and the talent to win however, an early loss can be the spark that lights the fire for the remainder of a teams' season.

Academics are extremely important to Morgan Carter and that became even more evident as we caught up with him at 10:00 pm recently after he finished his AP biology study group after a day of school and practice. While football is also important to the 6-foot-4, 196-pound athlete, it is his final high school season he is putting his focus on rather then which school he may spend the next several years of his life at. Carter spoke to us about his current offers, his first game of the season and what other programs have been in contact with him.

"We lost our first game to Stonewall Jackson which is a team we have not been beaten by for about ten years," Carter explained. "We certainly won't be going into anymore games arrogant at this point and will be putting our noses to the grindstone and getting things done. I took the team aside and talked to them and we all agreed that we would look at this from a positive light and just try to run the table now. I have no idea what my statistics were from the first game, but I didn't play as well as I would have liked to and frankly, the only stat that matters is the one in the win column after the game."

Carter already holds offers from Connecticut, Duke, Michigan State, Rutgers, Temple and Towson and recently picked up an offer to run track from Navy. He talked to us about the other programs that have been in contact with him, as well as when he plans to take some official visits.

"Tennessee, Boston College, Purdue, Akron, Michigan, Virginia, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Syracuse, Army, Navy and Notre Dame have all been expressing interest at this point," Carter said. "Coach (Ron) Powlus actually came down for the game last weekend to watch me and Ryan Williams. We have a good relationship and email back and forth occasionally."

"As for a leader, no one is standing out right now. I haven't really thought about it at length because I am just focused on this season. I plan on setting up official visits this month and have a pretty good idea where they will be to, but at this point I am going to keep that to myself until I am sure of them."

As a junior, Carter registered 47 tackles, forced four fumbles, recovered three and deflected three passes. On the offensive side of the ball he caught 15 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 214 yards and two touchdowns on twelve carries. He has been an honorable mention All-District and All-Region selection since his freshman year.

Carter also does great in the classroom, where he is a straight A student. He scored a 1716 on his SAT and 22 on his ACT, both during his sophomore year. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.

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