Zachary Carter is seeing a much busier spring this year.
"I try my best to stay humble and stay focused with all the things going on," said the Scout 300 defensive end. "A lot of stuff going on, way different than last year. I get a lot of advice from my brother and my parents."
SEC and ACC schools are heavily pursuing the four-star Hillsborough Senior playmaker. On Thursday, Georgia and Florida were two schools that stopped by to show they are interested.
For months the Gators and Clemson have been on top for the 13th-ranked defensive end in the nation on Scout. The Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins have made sure Carter knows he is wanted at UF.
"It makes me feel like a priority," he said, "and coach Collins told me that he wanted to me to feel like a priority and he accomplished that."
The in-state school has continued to impress Carter.
"I love everything about the Gators. I love what the coaching staff did in one year, and I am expecting great things from the Gators for years to come," Carter added. "Energy that they bring and just the early success that they already having with the players they didn't even recruit."
Clemson has also impressed Carter. Along with his family, Carter took a trip to South Carolina to see the Tigers' spring game.
"I also love Clemson a lot. Coach Dabo Swinney is a great coach," he added. "Being at Clemson is an amazing feeling and the way coach Swinney runs his program, I think people have to see it in order to believe it. Even my parents there is something different about Clemson."
Although both the Tigers and the Gators have set themselves apart on several occasion, Carter is not focused on just two. He is making sure he checks and researches plenty of his other suitors.
"I'm also considering Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Miami and Tennessee," he said. "At this point I'm just trying to see and check out what the programs have to offer."
Carter plans to trim his list in the next couple of months, however, before he does he hopes to see a few more schools. Over the summer he, along with a group, will head to different schools like Georgia, UNC, Clemson, Wake Forest and FSU.
"I am look for a family environment within the locker room and a place I know that I will get the best education," he said. "My parents have a big impact on my decision. I ask for their advice everyday."null