Carter Holds Offer, UMD Intrigued

It turns out David Robbins (Glenelg, Md.) isn't the only class of 2015 Division I recruit in Howard County this year. A few miles down the road, at Long Reach High School (Columbia, Md.), defensive end Ron'Dell Carter is gaining serious steam on the recruiting trail and actually picked up his first offer in early March.

It turns out David Robbins (Glenelg, Md.) isn't the only class of 2015 Division I recruit in Howard County this year. A few miles down the road, at Long Reach High School (Columbia, Md.), defensive end Ron'Dell Carter is gaining serious steam on the recruiting trail and actually picked up his first offer in early March.

"I just got a Buffalo offer, and I was real excited about it – it's my first one," said the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Carter. "I called their head coach from my coach's office and he let me know he wanted me in the program. He was saying how athletically gifted I am and just a phenomenal player. It's kind of cool because [Buffalo] likes me at tight end and defensive end."

Carter apparently already has a connection to Buffalo. His brother, Robert Carter, who is going to be a college senior, had an offer from the Bison several years ago and the Carter family visited the school then.

"I've been up there before and I love it up there," Carter said. "It's a real nice school, and from what I can remember it was a beautiful place. So I'm looking forward to getting up there for their spring game April 19."

Buffalo figures to be just the first of several offers for the Long Reach edge rusher. He said coaches from Rutgers and Old Dominion are in constant contact, while every Ivy League school, in addition to James Madison, are on him as well. He's planning to visit RU and ODU in late March or early April.

"There's a bunch of schools showing interest, but the ones talking to me the most are Rutgers, Old Dominion, Buffalo and JMU," Carter said. "I talk to them like every other day and they all seem to want me. Buffalo, of course, just offered and I think the other three will as well once I visit."

Apparently Maryland has made some initial contact as well, though interest seemed higher a few months back. Carter said former Terps assistant Tom Brattan had been in touch and even attended one of his basketball games, but once the ex-line coach left Carter lost his UMD connection.

"But according to my coach, the new guy at Maryland [Chad Wilt] just got in contact with him and they're going to be looking at me again," Carter said. "Coach Brattan liked me a lot, so hopefully Maryland is still interested even though he's not there."

If the Terps do get involved, they'd have a very good chance at landing the Long Reach product.

"I'd feel great if Maryland offered. It's a great school, it's home and I love it over there. I've been on campus before and I really enjoyed seeing the fields, the school and meeting the coaches," Carter said. "I got invited back there for a game [last fall] and then for another visit, but I wasn't able to make it because of my schedule. But I'm hoping to get back if they get interested in me again."

Carter went on to say that he has friends on the team, including Good Counsel alums Drew Stefanelli, Wes Brown and class of 2014 signee Jesse Aniebonam. The edge rusher said he was originally supposed to attend Good Counsel out of middle school but elected to stick with the local public school instead.

"But I knew all those guys [Stefanelli, Brown, Aniebonam], and I've played with them," said Carter, who will likely camp at Maryland this summer. "It would be awesome if I could be in the same [college] program as them."

Carter said almost all of his college looks are for defense, though a smattering of schools may try him at tight end. He said he plays both well but prefers defense.

Last fall Carter caught 11 passes for 182 yards at tight end, and racked up 42 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks at defensive end. He also throws shot-put and discus and plays basketball for Long Reach.

"As a defensive end, I rush the passer well and I contain the edge. I'm good at getting outside the tackles and using my quickness and athleticism to get around them," Carter said. "As a tight end, I'm a big target, I get down the seam, and if you throw it up I'm going to catch it. … As far as what I need to work on, I need to get faster and stronger, and I have to get better with my footwork, my hands and my pass rush moves."

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