Playing on the same team as highly recruited linebacker Dillon Bates, who holds offers from seemingly every BCS school has only helped Carter. According to Ponte Vedra head coach Mike Loyd the two have helped each other. "He has made Dillon better and Dillon has made Joe better because they compete," said coach Loyd. Not only has the competition made him better but playing with Bates has also help put more eyes on Carter.
According to Coach Loyd the other schools who have shown serious interest in Carter but have yet to offer are; Michigan State, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Purdue, Iowa State and Mississippi State. Coach Loyd went on to say of his linebacker, "He has worked awful hard to put himself in this position; he moved down here from Indiana and put himself on the map." The proud coach also added, "He is an extremely hard worker, plays with passion, is physical with great athleticism and great character."
When asked if anyone of the schools recruiting him stood out Carter said, "Michigan State stands out right now. That's a big time school, they win." For now the rising senior plans to focus on his move from outside to inside linebacker. As a junior he made 50 tackles from his outside linebacker position including two sacks and 29 solo stops. Carter had this to say about his summer plans, "I am going to spend the off-season getting comfortable playing inside and work on improving my speed and explosion. I like being with my teammates, being part of a brotherhood, and we will continue to bond together this summer."
Look for more updates on the Ponte Vedra's Joe Carter throughout the summer.