Under the Radar: Baker County QB Jacob Carter

Under the Radar: Baker County QB Jacob Carter The talent level in Northeast Florida is booming these days. With that in mind, finding some prospects that may have a strong future in the game outside of high school has become more and more of a regular thing. Macclenny (Fla.) Baker County Jacob Carter is a strong armed and strong willed young man that should get folk's attention as we move along.

Jacob Carter has completed 50 of 82 passes with eight touchdowns and four interceptions on the season and leads the Jacksonville area in passing at the moment. At 6-2 and about 190 pounds, he is sturdy and rugged. He can run with the ball and as an added bonus he kicks field goals and kicks off for his team.

Last Friday wasn't the best for Carter and his team as they fell to an extremely talented Jacksonville (Fla.) Ribault squad that was really tough on defense.

Carter talked about the 17-9 loss and the issues they had on offense and humbly took the blame for a lot of it since he was responsible for two interceptions in the contest. In the game he had two sure touchdown passes dropped by receivers that he hit in the hands. Still, he wasn't ready to pass blame.

"We had so many missed assignments, penalties, and wrong reads," he said. "We didn't execute the way we should have and gave the game away.

"Truthfully, I made the wrong reads, and that happens sometimes. You have to forget about it, a quarterback has to forget about the last play and move on."

But the offense is having a good season behind Carter and senior receiver Michael Boone. Again the humbleness takes over for Carter who credits his coaches for his area leading offensive prowess.

"Our coaches are geniuses," he said. "They draw stuff up on the go and works like nobody's business."

Carter doubles as the team's field goal kicker and kickoff man. He is five for five on the season and also leads the Jacksonville area in kicking. He says he feels comfortable from 40 yards in kicking the ball. All these traits add up to college scouts taking notice, even though this is his first year of high school football.

"I have talked to a few schools, but nothing serious," he said. "I have talked to Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. This was in the spring and they told me I like my build and they will be watching me."

Carter rattled off what he believes are his strengths and knows he can get better in some areas.

"My size, and I feel like I can lead my team when going through battle," he said. "We need to work on that connection and being on the same page. I think my strengths in my throwing game are my short and intermediate passes and an occasional deep ball."

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