NC State hosted one of Florida's most productive wide receivers for the 2005 season this past weekend. Carlos Everett, a 6-2, 185 pound wideout with 4.45-second speed in the 40-yard dash was all but unstoppable during his senior year. The talented prospect finished the year with 66 receptions for 1,280 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for better than 200 yards on 33 rushing attempts and helped lead his Sumter squad to the state 2A championship game against perennial power Hollywood-Chaminade.
The brother of Florida linebacker Earl Everett, many have had Carlos pegged for the Gators from day one but NC State got the first shot when they hosted the senior standout this past weekend on his initial official visit. Pack Pride caught up with him for feedback on his trip.
"Geron James was my host and they showed me a pretty nice time," said Everett. "I had dinner with the head coach and got a chance to really get to know some of the players and coaches. I really enjoyed myself. It was a nice environment, and the coaches are great individuals. I had a chance to check into the academics and they were good and, football-wise, they've got a good program.
"I think the thing I really like about them is that, it's not so much that I can go in and get early playing time, but I just know I can go in and play, period."
After his trip to Raleigh, Everett departed for a week of practice in preparation for the North vs South all-star game. After that, he'll catch a plane for the California-Florida all-star event. Upon returning, his recruiting will continue with three teams clearly at the forefront.
"Right now my top three are NC State, Miami and Florida," he said. "I've got an official visit set with Florida for January 20, and I should be setting an official visit with Miami over the next couple of weeks. It's hard to say who's out front right now, but I would say they're all in the running."