LB Says UM Is Dream School

Jack Carter's Coral Reef team struggled a lot on offense last year. The defense was constantly put in tough situations and Carter was a big reason why they played pretty tough for most of the season.

At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Carter was nearly unblockable as a defensive end at the end of last season.

"The season started off kinda slow," Carter said. "I really heated up at the end. I had 7 or 8 sacks in my last four games. I play with my hand down a lot but I'll do either one (DE or LB) in college."

Jack Carter, who ran a 4.6 on grass at a recent combine, is still learning the position. He didn't start playing football until 10th grade.

"I was doing gymnastics," he said. "This will only be my third year playing. I wanna get back into gymnastics because it really helps you with balance and coordination and things like that. The stuff I learned from doing that has helped me a lot in football."

Carter, one of the strongest players on his team, also competes in track. Inside the classroom, he carries a 2.7 GPA and scored a 1400 on the new SAT (similar to a 933 on the old scale). Those are just more reasons why he'll be a major Division 1 prospect this season. He talked more about why as well.

"When I'm on the field, my passion for the game really stands out," he said. "Football is life for me. Everyone says that but how many of them really mean it? Both of my brothers were great athletes and they made bad decisions in life. They blew it. I won't do that. My cousin, Nate Webster, has been a real motivation for me. He's in the league now doing what he loves. He was able to use his energy and all his free time towards football and becoming a better player. That's how I am. I'm gonna make it. I wanna follow in his footsteps. Somehow, someway, I'm gonna make it because I don't wanna be another player who had all the ability but threw it all away for something stupid."

On the recruiting front, Carter is already getting lots of looks. He talked about some of his early favorites.

"My top five would be Florida State, Central Florida, UM, Georgia, and Florida," he said. "FSU and UCF have good business colleges. I've always liked Georgia and thought about playing there. At Florida, my good friend Dorian Monroe's there and he has a lot of good things to say. Miami, though, is my dream college. If they offered, I would love that."

Carter, who will attend the Combine at FAU on May 13, talked more about the hometown Hurricanes.

"Just the tradition and the way their players train is amazing to me," he said. "People wonder how so many great athletes come out of that program. Look how many NFL players from Miami are successful. It's because of the way they train and how competitive they are. The atmosphere for that is amazing. Plus, their linebackers play with speed and they're aggressive. That's how I play. The overall training program is amazing. Look at Eric Winston, he's over 300 pounds and ran a 4.9 at the combine. That's sick. They have 240-pound linebackers running 4.4 and 4.5. That's the environment I want to be in."

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