Tamani Carter is experiencing the high-wire act known as competing in your senior season of high school while trying to pick a college. The Ohio product believes he's handling it pretty well.
The Class of 2011 cornerback has helped his Pickering Central team to a 6-0 start, good for a No. 6 ranking in the state's big school division. The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder has secured scholarship offers from Iowa, Stanford, Arizona, Minnesota and Kent State.
"I think the (recruiting) process has gone pretty well for me," Carter said. "I've taken unofficials to Iowa and Stanford and am in the process of setting up officials to those two schools. I'll also take an official to Arizona and possibly Minnesota."
While no officials have been set, it looks like Carter will be headed to Arizona on Dec. 2. The Wildcats will play host to rival Arizona State.
"Everyone is pretty equal right now," Carter said. "I really don't know enough about all the schools. I'm going to base my decision off of these official visits. I want to get a better look at what these schools are all about."
Carter plays CB and WR at Central. He also returns kicks and punts. All of the schools he'll visit are recruiting him as a corner.
"I guess the best way to describe me is that I'm an explosive player," Carter said.
Carter reported that his fastest 40-yard dash time at 4.48 seconds and his top shuttle speed at 4.19.
Pickering Central rolled to a 45-7 victory against Groveport-Madison on Friday. They've shut out three teams and held another opponent to two points.
On defense, the Tigers play Cover-2 half of the time and man-to-man the other half, Carter said.
"I'd say the success is directly related to the experience of our coaches," Carter said. "They've been together for a long time and they understand the keys to victory."
Carter is searching for a like setup as his college of choice.
"I'm looking for a good education and a similar program, one that likes to work hard and win," Carter said. "The schools I'm looking at are all good football programs."
Defensive Backs Coach Phil Parker is leading Iowa's pursuit of Carter with recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson also in the mix.
"I definitely have a strong relationship with Iowa," Carter said. "They offered me in June and we've stayed in regular contact."
Carter spent time with Hawkeye Head Coach Kirk Ferentz on his unofficial visit to Iowa City.
"He seems like a real good coach that knows what he's doing," Carter said. "He's really easy to talk to."