St. Petersburg (Fla.) Trio Likes ISU

A group of long-time friends from the high school ranks in Florida would like to continue their careers together at the same college, and that be at Iowa State.

The Cyclones are taking a hard look at St. Petersburg Lakewood standouts Patrick Carter, Julian Riley and Marcus Anderson. They've already offered Carter, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound quarterback and Riley, a defensive end that's 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. Anderson could be close to receiving an offer from ISU.

"Iowa State offered and said they wanted me to play quarterback, which is a plus because it's my main position and that's what I want to play right now," said Carter, who has played a huge role on Lakewood's undefeated district championship team. "Iowa State's in the running, because they're trying to recruit my running back Marcus Anderson and also Julien Riley. So they're high on my list.

"We all grew up together and have known each other since middle school. I've known Julien since elementary school. We really like playing together and make each other better throughout the season. We should be a lot better in college than we are right now. We run together and want to stay together."

Carter has amassed more than 2,000 total offensive yards and scored 20 touchdowns this season. He admits that passing is his forte, and has passed for 1,600 yards and 14 scores in 2002, but will take off running when necessary. There are some comparisons to his style of play and that of current Cyclone quarterback Seneca Wallace, but Carter had something to add.

"I'm probably faster than him, but I don't run as much as he does," Carter said. "I only run when I have to. I'll run on called rushing plays or when the field's just wide open, but I'll definitely run it if I have to. Seneca's really a good athlete and with the right coaches any athlete he's become a dominant player. That just proves that the coaching staff knows what they're doing and work well with people's capabilities. They utilize his abilities well."

According to Carter, he has offers from ISU, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Tulane, Minnesota, Central Florida, South Florida, Clemson, Troy State and LSU. Michigan and Tennessee also have expressed interest. He has official visits set for Purdue on Dec. 6-7 and Georgia Tech on Dec. 13-14.

The Cyclones would also be on that list, but Carter has had to do some shuffling around his basketball schedule.

"Iowa State has talked to me about coming up there and I had set up them early, but forgot about basketball," he said. "The coaches probably thought I was trying to avoid them, but that wasn't the case. I wanted to wait until I got my basketball schedule before setting up any more. I am definitely planning on taking a visit, because they want me, Julien and Marcus, and we're all trying to go to the same school."

ISU secondary coach Chris Ash has been recruiting the Lakewood trio and Carter gave him some high marks.

"Coach Ash is cool and really nice," Carter said. "He seems like he knows what he's doing. He has a good future in their program and will have a long career at Iowa State. It also looks like they're going to have winning seasons every year."

Lakewood, 7-1 overall and 5-0 in District 9-4A, opens their hunt for a state championship at home against St. Petersburg Gibbs this weekend.

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