Jacksonville DB Could Make Decision Soon

Tony Carter, a cornerback from Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin, is one the main reasons that his high school team is off to a perfect 6-0 record. The 5-foot-10 and 160 pound defensive back uses his outstanding speed (4.37/40) and incredible athletic ability to shut down receivers on his side of the ball. The Jacksonville native has been to the Florida State football camp two summers in a row and he has also visited unofficially several times, including this past weekend.

"Tony is real close to committing to Florida State," Mandarin Head Football Coach Richard Burnoski said. "After the Maimi game, he's closer to making a decision."

Burnoski also told The Territory that the decision could come within the next few weeks.

Carter doesn't have nearly the stats that he had during his junior season. As a junior, he recorded nine interceptions.

"Teams are getting smart and they aren't throwing Tony's direction," Burnoski said.

In addition to Carter, the Florida State coaching staff has their attention on another Mandarin Mustang standout.

"Coach Mickey Andrews was over for a game two weeks ago," Burnoski said. "He liked what he saw out of Pat Carter and he wants me to send him some video."

Carter, a 5-foot-10 and 190 pound wide receiver with 4.4 speed, is spending his first full season with Mandarin after transferring this past year from Jacksonville University Christian high school.

"I wasn't expecting him to be this good," the head coach said. "He reminds me of Brian Dennison (Last year's star running back that signed with NC State) but he's more of a game-breaker."

This season as a senior, Carter has had several games where he has rushed/received the ball for over 100 yards. He has also returned three kickoffs and one punt for scores. Through six games, he has a total of 10 touchdowns.

Currently, Carter has offers from Middle Tennessee State, Central Michigan, South Florida and East Carolina but he would love to receive one from the Noles.

"He loves Florida State," Coach Burnoski said.

Carter is track to fully qualify academically with a 3.0 grade point average.


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