Finally making it official

Maybe it wasn't quite as climatic as a commit could be. But it's certainly no less exciting for fans as they get the second half of the deadly defensive duo out of Chaffey junior college as defensive end Joe Carter makes it official - he's a Husker

JUCO teaches you things. It has taught Joe Carter some things. One of them is that you need to appreciate what you have.

"Oh man, here, you have to make your own way, pay for all your stuff yourself and if you want to make it, you have to put in the work," he said. "They don't give anything to you. That made me mature a lot."

That made him mature, and he said that he helped with his game as he became smarter about how he did things during his time. That equated to a solid sophomore campaign at Chaffey College, where he notched 7.5 sacks in 11 games as well as 17 tackles for loss. The 6-5, 255 lbs. edge rusher ranked in the top 10 in both those categories in the Southern California Football Association.

But according to Joe, that is just the beginning.

Well, let me correct that. According to Joe, the Husker coaches told him that what he's done thus far is nothing. "They said I'm nothing but talent right now - that I have been getting by on pure talent. They said they would help me get to the point of where I could really do some things," he said. "That's exciting for me, and it will be great that I will get to play with Daimion.

Daimion Stafford has been a commit to the Huskers for some time. And according to him, Carter has too, despite the fact that for months now he'd been listed as a commit to the University of Arizona. Carter said that he's only come out now and said he's going to Nebraska. But he told the Husker coaches he was going there sometime before. "It was an in home they did with me, and I told them that I'd be going there. I think that was a couple weeks ago or something like that," he said.

Along with Stafford, who will be playing safety as well as probably serve double duty in the return game, Carter says that they make a pretty formidable pair. But he emphasized that it will be on what they have done, rather what they plan to do. And he isn't predicting numbers or even results.

"We're going to bring it when it comes to our work ethic. In junior college, you either work hard or you go home. That's what we know we are going to bring to Lincoln," said Carter who will have three years to play two. "This is all a blessing, from junior college to knowing we are going to be one of the Blackshirts. That's going to be a lot of fun."

The expectation of most all junior college players, especially those on the defensive side, is that they are going to play right away. Again, Carter wouldn't commit to making a prediction as to when he would get on the field. He just knew that he was going to do everything he could to make it happen. "When I was in high school, I wouldn't have told you I would have done anything one day at a time. I didn't think like that. That's why I ended up in JUCO," he said. "But now I know that you can't get ahead of yourself. You can bring it, but you have to do it on step at a time, one game at a time, one practice at a time.

"Both Daimion and I have hopes to get to the NFL one day, but between now and then is going to be a lot of hard work if we are even going to have a chance. You can't have a future just by thinking about it. You have to make it happen for yourself."

Carter is commit No. 17 for the Huskers as we inch closer to signing day on February 2nd. Look for more names to be added to the mix before it's all said and done.

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