Carter Names a Top School

Ruben Carter made a visit this past week to Florida State. The two-way player can play along either the offensive or defensive line, resulting in the growing interest from schools all over the southeast. Carter left FSU with an offer, and he talks about that with NoleDigest.

Ruben Carter is an emerging lineman from Miami-Jackson High. While his recruitment got off to a slow start, Carter has seen his offer sheet grow to 13 schools.

"I have 13 offers now," said Carter. "They are from Florida State, Tennessee, USF, Kentucky, Kansas, FIU, Rutgers, New Mexico and a few others."

While the offer sheet is growing Ruben told NoleDigest that he has a top 5 with a leader.

"While I am getting offers I really have a top 5 now because they've been the schools recruiting me the hardest," said Carter. "The other schools that aren't really recruiting me I am losing interest in. My top 5 is FSU, who is my leader. Following them is Tennessee, Auburn, Kansas and Florida."

"Maybe in a month or so when the season starts I will take it down to a top 3," continued Carter. "I was going to wait until February to make my decision but these visits I have been taking have helped me. There is one school where I have felt the most at home, and I have been thinking about giving them my commitment. Right now it is kind of FSU or Tennessee."

FSU has turned up their recruitment of Ruben, offering him as an offensive lineman. Carter says he has a great relationship with Coach Coley and Coach Trickett.

"I call Coach Coley almost every day," said Carter. "Coach Trickett told me I am a good for them and I can come in and make an early impact. They have 4 offensive linemen committed and they are taking either 5 or 6. They aren't pressuring me to make a decision, but they said when I am ready there is a slot open for me."

"With Coach Coley he played under my coach at Jackson," said Carter. "Since the spring when they started recruiting me we've become very close; the visit last week was great and since then I have called him 3 times. Coach Trickett and I have really built our relationship and he wants me as a tackle or guard."

The visit to FSU was great for Ruben because of what FSU has to offer him as a recruit, but there is one factor that really made FSU stand out among the rest.

"What stood out about the FSU visit were the facilities," said Carter. "I liked how intense the strength coaches were. I feel they can get me to the next level. They can get me in the right shape mentally and physically. All of that was great, but the one thing that really stood out was Coach Fisher. He was great. He showed me the attention no other head coach has. Other coaches have been busy but even though Coach Fisher was doing the camp he found time for me during and after. I spent 30 minutes in his office after talking football, his past, their need for me and the things FSU is doing like new dorms and stuff like that. FSU feels like home."

Tennessee has remained a strong choice for Carter because of the coaches and their ability to teach him new things.

"I like the coaches at Tennessee and they are pretty nice," said Carter. "I learned a lot when I went there. Coach Dooley told me a lot about their offense. They said I could play either offensive or defensive line for them. I felt at home there too and they taught me some things I can take back to my high school."

The 6'4" 285 pound lineman says he may make another visit to FSU in the near future.

"I may visit FSU next week and I am going to visit them for sure when they play Florida," said Carter. "I will go to a few more games too, and I will go when they play Miami down here."

Stay tuned for more with Ruben as we track his recruitment.

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