Familiar Surroundings

Touted cornerback <b>Tony Carter</b> of Jacksonville Manadrin made his official visit to Florida State over the weekend. Carter remained behind Sunday to watch the Seminoles upend Wake Forest 75-70. The win was the second in four days over a top-10 team for FSU. Carter's father, of course, played hoops for the Seminoles from 1985-87 and his son is very familiar with FSU.

Tony Carter has been to FSU so many times he admitted it was difficult to rate his official visit because "I am so familiar with FSU."

Even so, Carter, who remained behind to watch the basketball Seminoles post their second consecutive upset in Atlantic Coast Conference play -- FSU beat No. 10 Wake Forest 75-70 -- told TheTerritory Sunday afternoon he enjoyed himself.

The best part?

"Going to the clubs," Carter said.

Carter's host was Leon Washington, who also hails from Jacksonville. Carter also felt he connected with fellow recruits Drew Weatherford, Jamaal Edwards, Lamar Lewis, also from Jacksonvile, and Demario Pressley.

Carter and Pressley became fast friends at a recent all-star game and the pair hung out together during an official visit to North Carolina.

Carter's mother and grandmother also made the trip to Tallahassee.

Carter's two favorites remain unchanged -- FSU and Tennessee. He rates the pair "even" and said he will "follow my heart."

It's no secret FSU needs quality cover corners.

Carter, a 5-10, 165-pounder, has been clocked at 4.39 in the 40 with a vertical jump of 40 inches. He had nine interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and four blocked punts during his junior season. Carter earned All-America honors this past year even if opponents kept away from his side of the field.

"His strength is cover-corner," Mandarin head coach Richard Burnoski told TheTerritory recently.

Territory recruiting analyst Dave Peters contributed to this report.


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