However, there was an emphasis this summer to getting back to the way that things were. Sure, Carter isn't old by any means, but his football career is young and he knows how things were two years ago for him on the football field.
"I really wanted to get better any way I could this summer," Carter said. "I mean, playing with a free head like I did my sophomore year."
Carter couldn't have been bottled up too much last year considering the success that he had. Carter finished his junior year with 64 tackles, 33 solo stops and five tackles for loss to go with four fumble recoveries. Carter earned all-state, all-area and all-conference honors and is a four-star defensive end by Scout.com and rated the #25 defensive end overall.
Carter took a last second trip to Notre Dame last week, but really all that came out of it might have been a need to open it back up a little more. He admits that the trip last week was the last one that he was going to take for a while.
"No more trips for me before the season starts. I also don't have any official visits set up for the fall yet either."
One trip that Carter spoke about in one of his last interviews with Scout.com was another trip to Nebraska. Carter was at the spring game in Lincoln and rated the visit a "10". Carter also said that he saw himself fitting into the defense that Bo Pelini and his staff want to run in Lincoln.
Carter wasn't able to make another trip to Lincoln this summer, but don't think that takes away from the chances for Nebraska. "Nebraska is still a part of my favorites. I haven't been able to contact them lately because I have been so busy."
Carter continued that his list is short right now, might expand and that no one is standing out on his list in front of the others. Two schools that look like they will be fixtures on Carter's list are Notre Dame and Nebraska. Carter starts his two a days a little later in the week.