WR Has Size, Speed; Likes UM

When it comes to pure speed, there aren't many players in the entire nation this season that will be able to compare to Palm Bay's Xavier Carter.

At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Carter has some serious speed both on the track and on the football field.

"I started running when I was about seven and haven't stopped since," Carter said. "I love it. I like the competition and how it helps me with football."

Carter, who will be competing in California on June 12, recently won three separate events at a national meet -- the first time that's ever been done. His times of 10.3/100m, 46.0/400m, and 20.8/200m were very impressive.

On the football field as a junior last season, Carter had 28 catches for 670 yards and eight touchdowns.

"I'm having fun out there," he said. "I love it but I know there's still more I have to learn. We came together pretty well this spring but we're not where we need to be just yet. One of my goals is to get back to the state game and win it."

Carter, who was hanging out with former teammate Joe Cohen earlier tonight before our conversation, also competes in basketball at the varsity level.

"I'm going to try playing football and running track in college," he said. "I'm looking at doing both -- I'll probably run the 100 or 200. A lot of guys do it now so it's not that big a deal."

Carter, who carries a 3.3 GPA and a 770 SAT score, has emerged as the most heavily recruited wide receiver in the state of Florida. He had college coaches from all over the country in watching him this spring.

"I only practiced for four days because of track but a lot of coaches came by and called the house," he said. "I heard from Miami, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, UCLA, nearly every SEC school, mostly everyone you can think of."

Every coach that is recruiting Carter has something in common.

"They all told me they want me," he said. "I'm actually glad they can't call now (May 31 was the last day coaches were permitted to call recruits until Sept. 1) because it was getting pretty hectic there for a minute."

So who are some of the schools that Carter is most interested in right now?

"I'm wide open really," he said. "I heard what they had to say but I really haven't given it much thought just yet. I just want to enjoy my senior season, hopefully win a state title, and move on from there. It's going to be a tough choice."

Two in-state schools that are on Carter's list are Florida and Miami.

"They're both great programs," he said. "Joe and Reggie are going to Florida. Miami's definitely up there too. They basically said how they like me and how they're going to be recruiting me and that kind of stuff. There's a lot to like about them and they have a good track program. But I really haven't given it a whole lot of thought just yet."

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