Carter Names a Leader

Mario Carter is a vital component of the offense at powerhouse Indepdence High in Charlotte, N.C., though some may not see that importance in his stat line.

With just 22 catches for 309 yards and six touchdowns as a junior in a passing offense, Mario Carter did not have a huge number of catches. However, watching the offense, Carter's position is critical with his key run blocking, catches on tight end screens, and most importantly motion before the play.

"It is a great feeling knowing that you have your teammates want to run behind you and trust you to help them get the yards to get the touchdown at the end," said Carter, who played a key role in a game against Butler in which his team had to come from behind in the last minutes of the game to keep their 100-game winning streak going.

"It was a great experience, and I enjoyed it a lot. Basically, Coach Knotts called a running play to my side, because he knew that I could knock over two guys and let our back get into the endzone. So that's what I went out there and did."

Carter believes college coaches like that physical style of play and how he is able to stretch the ball up the field. Right now, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder claims offers from several schools.

"I have offers from NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Alabama. They all started to offer during the season. I'm getting close to being able to make a decision, but I'm checking in with my parents to see what they like. It's not going to be real soon, but it's going to come in probably."

Still, Carter believes one school steps ahead of the rest in his mind, and he hopes his parents feel the same way.

"NC State is in the lead. They run the same offense we run here at Independence. Plus, when I met the coaches, they always talked about academics first, and that's what I like."

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