Florida Line Star Solid With Illinois

Illinois is playing two freshmen in their offensive line, proving that athleticism and talent can compensate for a lack of experience. Jeff Allen and Corey Lewis's success makes incoming line talent desire the same opportunities. Looking to join them next year is Andrew Carter, an offensive lineman who committed to the Illini last summer.

A four-star prospect out of Tallahassee, Florida (Leon), 6'-4", 270 pound Andrew Carter boasts 4.8 forty yard dash speed and the aggressiveness to play defensive end for his high school team. Tallahassee is always loaded with athletes, but Carter is helping lead his team to a winning record and a possible playoff berth.

"Yes sir, we won down in Rutherford to give us district champs, so it was a pretty big game. And we're 5-3 this year, so we're doing pretty good. We have two more regular season games, and then we start the playoffs."

Andrew will make his official visit to Illinois in a couple weeks.

"November 15th, the Ohio State game is when I'm heading up there. I went there during the summer. I went on a Big Ten tour to a lot of schools in one week, and they were the first school I went to. I loved it up there."

Carter and his future line coach Eric Wolford have mutual interest in each other.

"Coach Wolford and I talk every week. He's telling me about the freshmen he starts. He says he's gonna try to make me a freshman All-American. He wants me to get in right away because he knows I'm athletic and the schemes are set up to play right away. He says he's excited for me, and I'm excited for him to coach me."

Even though he is a left tackle in high school, Coach Wolford has other plans for him at Illinois.

"I'll be an interior guy, guard or center. He says he really would like me at center so I can make all the calls and be athletic. But he'd also love me as a pulling guard."

Andrew is a highly recruited athlete, and he has had numerous opportunities to play for top programs. But one school stood out to the Animal Science or Zoology major who would like to work in a zoo someday.

"I considered Michigan, Florida State, all my offers I considered at one time. I just recently got an offer from Boston College but it's a little too late for them. None of them compared to Illinois."

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