"Obviously I can run and have super speed," Carter said. "But I am just starting to learn the position and my route running and hands are getting much better. I think I am a big play guy."
This season, Carter will be more involved in the Palm Bay offense and also play a specific role on their defense. In the spring game, they beat powerhouse Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely and Carter scored the winning touchdown. He played receiver and they moved him around, playing in the slot and also at running back. Defensively, he took Reggie Nelsons's (Florida signee) spot, which is like a rover position.
"We will certainly try and get him the ball in different ways this season," Palm Bay Head Coach Dan Burke said. "He is physical and can go over the middle. His hands get better and better and he now looks comfortable with the ball. Xavier is a tough player with great speed."
Carter is also a special teams standout. He is a very good kick returner but he is even more impressive in kickoff coverage. He is usually the first guy down the field and he consistently makes the tackle inside the opponents 20. In fact, he gets down field so quickly, more times than not he pins them back inside the 15.
"I get real excited when we are about to kickoff. My adrenaline gets going and I get down that field. Its a great feeling knowing I can help out our defense like that."
In football terms, Carter has super sonic speed. He has been timed at a 10.38 electronic 100 meters and is the state record holder in the 200 meters. This star has a bright future in two sports on two big stages. He could be a future Olympian as soon as 2004.
"I definitely want to run in the Olympics and win that gold medal. Right now, I am hoping to get on the '04 team for the 200 meters. My best time is 20.7 and I need to get down in the 19s. If not, than I will look towards 2008. For football, I want that scholarship and see where it takes me. It's the best of both worlds."
Carter has dozens of football scholarship offers thus far. For now, he has several favorites with no leaders.
"Right now, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, UCLA, South Carolina, Alabama and Miami are the schools I like. Miami was my dream school but they don't have that great of a track program. I just want to take my visits and we'll see on Signing Day."
Carter camped this weekend at Florida and Florida is the place where his two close friends signed last Febuary, Joe Cohen and Reggie Nelson. Nelson is headed for the Junior College ranks while Cohen should have a chance to play this upcoming season for the Gators.
"The camp was great and I liked it a lot. I love the coaching staff because they are so down to earth. It would be nice to play with Joe and Reggie again. We are pretty tight."