Andrew Carter may possibly be the top offensive lineman in the Big Bend area for 2009. The 6'5" 265 pound standout has seen his recruitment really pick up over the past week. "I'm up to five offers now. They are from Miami, FSU, South Carolina, Louisville and UCF. Over the past 7 days I've gotten the offers from FSU and UCF, so hopefully things will begin to pick up more," said Carter.
The schools that offered aren't the only schools Andrew is hearing from, as schools all over the south are beginning to show interest. He said, "I'm hearing from Florida, Mississippi State, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and USF too. I'm thinking about making a few visits to some schools soon. I've been to FSU and UCF recently, and I think I'm going to check out Auburn and Miami soon."
The trip to FSU resulted in an offer from the hometown Seminoles. For Carter it was big because he and his family have always watched the Noles. "I grew up on them," said Carter. "My family has always watched and had tickets to the games. Right now this offer feels better than the others. When I went there I got the offer from Coach (Rick) Trickett. I'm excited about it. I'm not going to commit until halfway through my senior season and after I've checked out some other schools, though."
One comment that turned some heads this past week was when Andrew said that he liked the rival Florida Gators. He tells NoleDigest that comment was taken out of context a bit, saying, "I like Florida because they offer the major that I want. Football isn't going to last forever and I want to have something that I can do after. I want to major in zoology or biology, something in that field. Florida has a good program for that, but when I was at FSU Coach Fisher told me some things they were doing."
Jimbo Fisher is the lead recruiter in the Tallahassee area, and Andrew got a chance to speak to him more about the offer while he was checking out the school. "I talked to Coach Fisher some on Wednesday. He was saying how they are offering the major I want, so that made them come up for me. We also talked about how they want me there and need me on the offensive line," expressed Carter.
Chemistry with the coaching staff is important to Andrew, and having seen Coach Trickett makes him think it's someone he can play for. He said, "I'm looking for chemistry with the coaching staff and the school overall. I'm going to be there 4-5 years so I need to feel comfortable. I absolutely love Coach Trickett. I love watching him coach. I've watched him in practice and mat drills. I've talked to him about him being a hard-ass, and that's okay. I can see myself playing for him because he wants his guys in shape and the best in the nation."
While there are no plans to attend combines and camps at this time, Carter says that he wants to continue to work on his overall game. "I'm fast for my size. I run a 4.8 in the 40, so I want to make sure I keep my speed as I get bigger. I want to work on my run and pass blocking because that is something a lineman should always work on. I have good agility and play both sides of the ball," said Carter.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Andrew and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.