List expands to include Nebraska

It seemed that he had his final three. There were three offers on the table that really had Chance Carter impressed and willing to call them his final three until he picked up an offer. An offer that he said was a surprise. But, it was an offer from a school that has a lot of tradition that he came to find out about and that was enough to open it up and consider them for a fourth spot.

Chance Carter is one of the top defensive ends in the Midwest region. The 6-foot-4 and 235-pound Carter from Evanston (Ill.) Loyola Academy isn't playing any winter or spring sports and is getting ready for football this fall.

"I am just working out," Carter said. "It's just about football right now, football. It's all off-season conditioning and all that stuff.

"I am working on my explosion, quicker and putting on some more muscle. Those were the main areas that I wanted to work on."

Carter recorded 64 tackles (33 solo, five for loss) and four fumble recoveries last year as a junior for Loyola Academy. It earned him some impressive honors. "I was first team all-conference, all-area and first team all-state."

What helps Carter out the most besides having ideal size, 6-foot-4 and 235-pounds, is his intelligence, motor and being a multi-purpose defensive end.

"I think just being a smart player. I quickly diagnose plays and at the same time making the play. I also never quit.

"I also think that I can stop the run and rush the quarterback equally well. I wouldn't say I am good at doing just one. I can do both."

What might also be nice for college coaches is seeing what Carter can do from various positions along the defensive line. Loyola Academy moves their line around a lot.

"I played a little bit of everything last year. I would play either the three, four or five technique. We do a lot of things with our defensive line and we move around."

Carter is sitting on five offers and doesn't know if any other schools are close to offering, but knows that there are still a lot of schools that call. Carter had things narrowed to three until a late offer came in.

"I have five offers. I have offers from Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Stanford, Nebraska and Indiana. I don't know if there are any other that are close to offering right now.

"The schools call and talk to my high school coach and I was down to a top three then I got the offer from Nebraska. I opened it up a little bit after they offered."

That late offer expanded Carter's list from three to four and now includes Nebraska. The Huskers moved onto Carter's list as he found out more and more about the tradition that they have at Nebraska.

"I would say that my top four are Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Stanford and Nebraska. The Nebraska offer was a complete surprise. As soon as they offer I reconsidered my top three.

"I was very intrigued by the Nebraska offer when I found out they offered. It's their tradition and from what I have heard from our athletic trainer who has been around football for a very long time.

"He told me a lot about Nebraska and the tradition that they have there. He told me one day about Nebraska and filled me in on a lot of things about Nebraska that made me reconsider my top three at that time."

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