Carter Beginning to Generate Interest

North Hagerstown HS (Hagerstown, Md.) isn't typically known for producing Division I recruits, but the school has at least one junior with a shot to play at the top levels of college football. Class of 2015 athlete Raughn Carter has started to generate initial interest and recently showcased himself at the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

North Hagerstown HS (Hagerstown, Md.) isn't typically known for producing Division I recruits, but the school has at least one junior with a shot to play at the top levels of college football. Class of 2015 athlete Raughn Carter has started to generate initial interest and recently showcased himself at the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Texas.

"The Combine was real fun, a real good experience and great competition," said the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Carter. "I did pretty good in the one-on-ones and some of the coaches there said they really liked my footwork and route running. There was this one play where I was in the slot, ran a five-yard hitch, turned [the corner] completely around and then went by him for a long gain. I made a lot of good plays, but that was my best one."

Right now Carter said most of his interest is coming from the Division I-AA level, but his coach, Dan Cunningham, has started to contact FBS programs about him. Carter said his coach believes once programs see him during the May evaluation period and at junior days the scholarships will begin to trickle in.

"I know my coach has been in touch with Maryland a good bit," said Carter, who is mainly being recruited as a corner. "Coach [Greg] Gattuso recruited my area, but he's at Albany now, but my coach has actually been talking to Coach [Randy] Edsall about me. [Cunningham] said they're going to take a look at me."

Carter did attend a Terps game this fall when UMD took on Boston College. He said he and his teammate, Preston Carey, who is also receiving Division I looks, had a good time even though Maryland lost.

"I liked the atmosphere a lot even though the stadium wasn't full and it was cold," Carter said. "I got a chance to talk to one of the coaches, and he was pretty cool. I just really liked it down there and just being in the stadium. The defense did very well, and I thought it was dynamic. I liked how the DBs worked and how the defense got after it."

The North Hagerstown corner plans to return to College Park at some point this offseason for an unofficial visit. If he's invited to a junior day he'll likely attend that as well, though he's eager just to get back on campus at this point.

"I like the program a lot and how Coach Edsall is doing things over there," Carter said. "I think he's a really good coach and Maryland is just a really good school."

Besides Maryland, Carter plans to visit West Virginia, Virginia and a few lower-level programs this offseason. He said he's confident, however, that his game is good enough for the FBS.

"I can definitely play at that level," said Carter, who had 50 tackles and two sacks last season. "One, I know I have the competitiveness. Anyone who goes against me knows that I'm going to go hard until I beat them. Then I have the speed – I ran a 4.5 [40 yard dash] at the Army Combine -- and skills to play at that level as well."

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