Everett Taking His Time

Bushnell (FL) South Sumter standout Carlos Everett is ready for the 2005 season to begin so he can put on a show for college recruiters and those who follow the South Sumter program.

"I'm just ready to start playing real games," Carlos Everett told Pack Pride. "I'm going to try and up my game to the next level this year. I want to double all my stats from my junior year and help us win the championship."

Everett had a fine 2004 season with 27 receptions for 547 yards, better than 20 yards per catch. He added 427 rushing yards on 25 carries. He had 18 touchdowns on receptions and rushing plays, and it has led to interest from several high-major programs.

"Florida, South Carolina, Miami, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Iowa, Florida State, and NC State are just some of the schools I'm hearing from," Everett said. "Recruiting is fun because you get to deal with all the college coaches and get to know them."

Everett, who stands 6-foot-1 and 175-pounds, projects as a defensive back or wide receiver on the next level. He feels wide receiver is his best position, but admits that he will play wherever needed in college.

"I like wide receiver because I like to make plays," Everett said. "Some like me at defensive back though. They will ask me where I want to play and I'll say wide receiver, but I'll play wherever they need me."

Everett is getting advice on the recruiting process from his older brother, Earl Everett. The elder Everett is a two-year starter at linebacker for the University of Florida and a preseason All-SEC selection.

"He helps me with it and tells me what I need to hear," Everett said. "He tells me just to be patient and take my time with the recruiting."

Everett has yet to pick up a scholarship offer, but he believes that a strong senior season will lead to several.

"I just need to go out and show what I can do," Everett said. "I'm in no rush. I want to take my time anyways. I'm going to weigh all my options academically and with the sports before making a decision."

NC State has been in contact with Everett and has caught his attention.

"I like NC State because they like to put the ball in the air, and they like to spread the ball around," he said. "I also like the wide receivers coach, coach Dixon. He used to coach at Florida."

Although Everett states that he has no favorite, he hopes to land an offer from one of the Florida schools.

"I'd like to see Miami offer," he said. "They play real intense and always seem to be having fun."

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