2014 Player Analysis: Jamal Carter

Jamal Carter played mostly on special teams as a freshman last season but he is coming off a tremendous spring and is widely considered the team's top safety heading into the season.

As a recruit: Jamal Carter was recruited nationally as a senior at Miami Southridge High. He had over 30 scholarship offers and made an early commitment to the Hurricanes. Despite the early decision, several schools still actively recruited him and he took official visits to Miami, LSU, and Oklahoma during his senior season.

As a Hurricane: Carter played in 12 games as a freshman last season, most of which came on special teams. He finished the season with six tackles and also returned four kicks for 60 yards. He was one of the team's two primary kick returners in the regular season finale against Pittsburgh.

What to expect: Mainly because the Hurricanes had a pair or senior safeties last season, Carter didn't play much of a role there until the bowl game against Louisville. He's arguably the most physically gifted safety on the team and is coming off a very strong spring. While Dallas Crawford and Deon Bush are competing for one safety spot, Carter locked down the other one. He's a hard-hitting player with major upside. It seems like he has a good grasp of the system and he is expected to have a big sophomore season. He's probably a year or so away from becoming one of the league's premier players at the position.

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