- Prospect: Zachary Carter
- Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
- High school: Hillsborough Senior
- Class: 2017
- Position: Linebacker
- Size: 6-foot-5, 245 pounds
- Ranking on Scout: No. 10 DE | No. 3 in Fla. | No. 127 payer in the country
Zachary Carter picked Florida over other finalists: Clemson, Tennessee and South Florida. Although the Gators seemed to be the team to beat through most of Carter's recruitment, the Tigers certainly made things difficult for UF. The Scout 300 defensive end flirted with Clemson for a bit and it looked like Clemson was the leader after a weekend trip to South Carolina. However, just a few days after his visit, UF made a final push and the Gators were able to secure Scout's No. 10 defensive end in the 2017 class.
"I'm going to UF," Carter told Scout. "It's always been my dream school, and I also feel like I'm making the right decision. I've done everything and looked everywhere to make sure I was making the right decision, but I couldn't find a school that I would rather go to than UF."
"Coach Rumph and I have built a great relationship. He really helped me make my decision," Carter said. "I know you're not supposed to base your decision off coaches and stuff, but I felt like even if the coaches left, it'd be a great school for me.
"With their academics and everything about the school, I thought it'd be good for me."
"Carter is a physical freak that has strong-side defensive end written all over him, but it should be interesting to see how he fills out after diving into a college strength and conditioning program," said Recruiting Analyst Corey Bender. "He also plays with anticipation along the defensive front, flashing active hands and timing his jump to deflect the football, but also does a good job of diagnosing screens and getting out in space.
"Carter plays with great effort, and does a good job of holding his own and setting the edge. Carter still has to work on developing some go-to moves in the trenches, but knows how to work inside and scrape down the defensive line."