Carter stronger than ever

Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County quarterback Jacob Carter was sidelined for about half the season last year with a broken collar bone. The pain was agonizing but nothing compared to the time he spent off the field and away from the game he loves. With spring ball staring in the state of Florida on Thursday, there aren't many happier high schoolers playing the game than Carter.

It is his last campaign as a high school quarterback and the bearer of one college scholarship offer hopes that he can prove to everyone that he belongs on the big stage at the next level. All of that starts this spring.

"I am just ready for the opportunity," Carter said Wednesday, a day before spring ball. "We have been doing workouts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to try and get better. I am just ready to see what this season holds."

The injury was no joke and required a lot of time completely away from anything that would make his shoulder move. When he rehab started, the pain returned, but Carter worked hard and believes he is stronger than ever and is throwing the ball better than ever.

"It was a pain in the butt not being able to be out there with my team," he said. "Just getting back was hard because I wasn't able to move my shoulder for six weeks. That was painful getting back into it, but now I feel 110%.

"Actually I am throwing the ball harder than I was before. I think it is a mental thing pushing myself. My receivers are telling me I throw the ball harder. My precision and accuracy have also improved."

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Carter is a physical player at the position. He is full capable of tucking the ball and getting the tough yards when he can't find a receiver. He will be missing his all-state receiver Michael Boone who moved off to the collegiate level after graduation. Senior Reggie Givens will be a big target for him in 2014.

"Reggie Givens is about 6-foot-1 and 190, he has big hands and will do some damage," Carter said.

A master in the class room, Carter says his best traits as a football player are what you look for most in a quarterback.

"My strengths are my leadership skills and my mental capabilities," he said. "I am a quarterback that can throw in the pocket, but if I need to I can get out. I am not a 4.4 speed guy, but I can evade the rush pretty good."

He would like to make quicker decisions and that is where the work in the spring will help.

"I think I need to work on my decisiveness," he said. "I try to make decisions as quick as possible, but sometimes I do hesitate and need to make it faster. I am a perfectionist, so when I do things wrong, I try and get it right."

Schools like UCF, Florida International, UAB, South Alabama, Georgia State, and others want Carter to camp this summer, they like a lot of what they see.

"They really like my size and agility for being such a big quarterback," he said. "They like my grades as well. They just want to see me throw in person. A few are coming down and a few, I have to go to camp.

Bucknell is currently his only offer and the Bison are staying on hi hard and will send an assistant coach and the head coach down to see him this spring.

Carter should get some major looks with his skill set and will be there to follow his recruiting process.

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