First Trip Review

The first of a string of official visits went well for a Florida defensive back and his father, who followed an already-blazed trail from their home to West Virginia this past weekend.

Michael Carter, a defensive back from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., made the trip to WVU to see the Mountaineers defeat Marshall 27-3. While it was the first trip to the Mountain State for the younger Cater, his father, also named Michael, is well familiar with the Mountaineer program. The senior Carter coached both current WVU linebacker J.T. Thomas and his father in high school, so he knew what to expect on the visit.

"We watched the game, and it was pretty good It was what we expected," the elder Carter said. "We know West Virginia is a good school, and I know it is a good program. We really like it."

The visit to West Virginia was young Michael's first official visit, and he is doing them in reverse order from the typical Florida recruit. He will next trip to Minnesota, thus getting the long distance visits done, and then wrap up his officials with trips to Florida, Miami, and Georgia.

"We haven't made any decisions yet," Carter said. "We want to follow up with all of the schools and we'll take all of his visits. After that, we'll sit down and come up with a decision. West Virginia is one of the teams we are interested in. We haven't set up the other official visits yet,a nd we have to work those around the football season. We will visit Minnesota next, though. My nephew, Tyrone Carter, who plays in the NFL, graduated from there, and we want Michael to have a chance to see it there."

The elder Cater liked what he heard from the coaching staff and saw of campus. It was his first visit, even with his ties to the school.

"I'm very familiar with West Virginia, through J.T. and his father playing here. We got a lot of good feedback from the coaches, and we liked what we saw. It's a real "family town" school.

The younger Carter was in agreement with his father's assessment.

"This was my first visit, and I really liked everything about it. I thought it might be boring, but it is a pretty cool place. I talked to Coach Stewart and Coach Holiday and the quarterbacks coach, and I got to visit with J.T and some of the cornerbacks. Of course, I knew J.T. from school, and he talks about West Virginia all the time. He told me it is a family atmosphere, and he really likes it there."

Carter, a standout cornerback, is one of West Virginia's top targets, and his reputation as a ballhawking corner has already spread across Florida. Teams are not throwing to his side of the field this year, which has led to a move to safety to help involve him more in the action.

"At safety, I'm getting some plays," said Carter, who has two interceptions this year. "When I'm at corner, they don't throw the ball to my side at all. But my senior season is going great. We are doing well so far."


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