Xavier Carter is arguably the fastest player in the country. In April of this year, Carter caught the attention of the track world when he became the first athlete to win the 100-, 200- and 400-meter sprints at the prestigious Arcadia (Calif.) track meet, which is over three decades old. Within an incredible two-hour span, Carter set a meet record with a 10.38 in the 100, then scorched the track with a 20.85 in the 200 (in a drizzle and 1.0 mph headwind, no less) and a 46.72 in the 400.*
The ironic part of watching his highlight video, is that if I didn't already know about him, I'd have no idea he was a track star. He has the look of a tall, possession receiver with strong hands and a knowledge of how to use his body in traffic. He catches the ball with his hands instead of his body; he looks the ball in well, and his size (6-3, 195) gives him an advantage over every defensive player he faces. He is an excellent receiver that just happens to be the fastest player in the country.
One of the ways I judge the heart of a player is how well he plays on special teams. Xavier Carter is a madman on kick coverage. He is the first one down the field, and he knows how to deliver a hit. He is also a standout returner. The one clip of him returning a kick is on here to see his speed and vision, but also to show a bonecrushing block by #33 Gator Signee Joe Cohen that was inexplicably called a penalty.
Over the next two days FightinGators.com subscribers will get to see Carter in action, beginning with this clip. If you are not yet a member, there has never been a better time to hop on board!