Michigan’s satellite camp tour through Florida proved very important for some top 2017 targets in the Sunshine State.
One emerging target with a great frame and early offers is 2017 Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough Senior high school defensive end Zach Carter.
After working out with and in front of the Michigan coaching staff, Carter walked away with a positive outlook on his performance.
“Today was good,” Carter told The Michigan Insider. “I learned a lot from the coaches, things I can take and better myself.”
“(I think I improved my) technique, pass rush moves, explosion off the ball, and my get off,” added Carter.
Hearing nothing from Michigan prior to his appearance at the Wolverines’ camp, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end appears to be firmly on the radar now, and vice versa.
“I’m interested in Michigan (now),” proclaimed Carter.
Stating his intention to eventually make his way up to Ann Arbor to visit the Michigan football program, Carter walked away with favorable impressions from the personal interaction with both Jim Harbaugh and Greg Mattison.
“I really liked the coaching staff,” he said. “They’re very experienced and they know what they are doing.”
Carter is up to double digit scholarship offers early in the recruiting process including South Florida, Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Clemson, Indiana, Colorado, Florida, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Middle Tennessee State, and Mississippi State, among others.
Denying a possible early favorite thus far, Carter does have an early focus on what he’s looking for in a potential college.
“Really academics and my relationship with the coaches,” he said. “Distance from home too, stuff like that.”
Asked if he’d like to remain close to home to play college football, Carter claimed he “hasn’t really thought about it yet.”
In no hurry to make a decision and already stating a decision could come on signing day in 2017, Carter plans to get to Michigan as soon as this summer.
“Sometime in July maybe,” he said. “I’ve got to talk to my parents.”
If the trip happens as planned, Carter says the Wolverines’ coaching staff mentioned the possibility of a scholarship offer headed his way.
“They just want to get me on campus,” Carter said.