Carter Takes in The Swamp and More

If there is one aspect of the Florida Gators football squad that seems to have improved this season it is the play of the secondary. The Gators went from a team that was riddled in the air last season to one that now packs a formidable punch through the air on defense.

Experience goes a long way with that but as the guys mature, the recruiting behind them needs to pick up. The Florida Gators are looking hard at cornerback Michael Carter Jr. (5-10, 165) of Pompano Beach (FL) Blanche Ely in the class of 2009 and Carter was there watching Saturday night as the Gators dismantled the Miami Hurricanes in The Swamp.

Carter arrived early in Gainesville and was able to take a pre-game tour of the new facilities that the University of Florida is very proud of.

"I was up there about 3 p.m. on Saturday," Carter said. "They gave us a tour and we saw the new weight room and the new locker room. The new weight room has a turf field in it. The water fountain in the locker room is Gatorade."

Carter enjoyed the game enough that he wanted to suit up himself and get on the football field.

"It was a great game out there and real good to see," Carter said. "Miami just fell short. I liked that everybody was involved, the whole crowd, it made me want to get on the field. Everything stood out on the visit really. I was just so excited."

Carter stayed busy but didn't get time with the coaching staff during the visit. He already knows what they like about him, and he knows what he likes about the Gators.

"I didn't have time to really meet with the coaching staff, but I know they like my bump and run technique," he said. "They like that I am physical and have great hips. They like I keep my head on a swivel. They call my dad because he's the coach and check up on me and see how things are going."

"Florida is a great school to be at. Even though they have a few new coaches they really get along with each other. I feel like I could have early playing time right now."

With the big game, Carter had interest in both participants. Miami is another team Carter likes along with Minnesota, Georgia, and West Virginia. He said a few words about each of the others.

Miami: "They are a young team that is coming back up. They have a lot of young kids on the field, They have a great coaching staff and I get along with the coaches very well."

Minnesota: "My cousin Tyrone Carter went there. coach Brew (head coach Tim Brewster), we have that bond."

Georgia: "I went to the Georgia camp and my favorite player Champ Bailey went there. They have good coaches there too."

West Virginia: "Coach Doc Holliday and I go way back. I have been talking to him since the eighth grade and back when they were recruiting Patrick Johnson."

"Everyone is even right now," according to Carter.

Michael Carter has decent size and good speed for the next level. He plays both ways for Blanche Ely who struggled this past week but looks to bounce back in week two of their young season. Carter made his presence felt despite the loss Friday.

"We had a tough loss against Boyd Anderson," Carter said. "I caught a first down pass from 4th and 15 and on defense in the first half they threw away from me. In the second half coach moved me to safety and I had a couple of big pass break ups and a couple of big hits."

It is a tight race right now for Michael Carter between four strong programs. The four-star cornerback will continue to be recruited hard and will be there to cover the process every step of the way.

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