Carter Has A Nice Combine in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO - Woodbridge, Va., receiver Morgan Carter has been receiving a lot of mail from Notre Dame, Louisville, Virginia, Purdue and North Carolina. He has a scholarship offer from Rutgers. After his performance at the U.S. Army National Combine at the Alamo Dome, Friday morning, interest could go up.

The 6-foot-4 Carter has been to football games at Rutgers, Virginia, and Notre Dame. He came in for the Irish-North Carolina game this past season, and couldn't stop smiling when talking about his unofficial visit to South Bend.

"When I came in to Notre Dame, I loved the tradition and the history," he said. "It was a great program. I've followed it for awhile. Of course everybody knows the Rudy movie, so that's something I wanted to experience, and I had never been to Notre Dame. When I got there the environment was great, they took me on campus and showed me everything.

"The atmosphere truly stood out. When we went there, how the people just really supported us. How the football team actually walks through the crowd and greets everybody before the game. I got to shake Brady Quinn's hand and Jeff Samardzija's hand. It was awesome just to talk to those guys up close when you watch them on TV. Just being inside of the stadium, you see the students that go to the school, they've got their chants down, there is like 10 different chants, and by the end of the game I knew them all. It was awesome."

Scouts started to get to know Carter in San Antonio. With his 4.56 40-yard dash speed (ran last year at the Ohio State camp), Carter was fast, got in and out of his breaks quickly, didn't drop any passes, and created enough space with great moves between him and the defender, that he is a threat to catch and run for another 10-20 yards.

"There is going to be a lot of top recruits down here, what I'm trying to do is prove to myself and others that I'm the best, and that I can match-up against the best," Carter explained. "I know in my heart that I can do it, I just need to show it."

He showed it indeed.

At C.D. Hylton High, Carter had around 12 catches for over 100 yards and three touchdowns in a rushing offense this past season. In minimal carries, he averaged over 12 yards per attempt. He had 36 tackles as a safety and also was the holder. Those numbers aren't eye popping, but father Don says schools are interested because you can't miss his speed on film. He can play anywhere but on the lines, and will be the team's quarterback next season.

Carter comes from good football genes. His father Don played cornerback and safety at Toledo. He has an uncle that played at Delta State before moving on to the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers. Another uncle played for Pennsylvania in the Ivy League.

Academics will play a big part in Carter's college decision, and with his accolades academically, he could be Ivy League material.

"The university has to be academically strong, that matters the most to me," said Carter, who is on the academic team, quiz team and a member of the chess club and the National Honors Society. "My parents instilled that in me. I have a 3.9 GPA, a 1716 SAT (as a sophomore), a 22 on the ACT (again, as a sophomore). They really instill into me that, Morgan grades are important."

On top of football and all those academic clubs, Morgan plays basketball, runs track, played some golf, and if his father allows, will join crew.

When it comes to a college decision, Morgan would like to make it before his senior season kicks off.

"I think that would be best," he said. "I don't want to rush into anything. It's a decision that my parents need to be involved in, a lot of other people need to be involved in. I just need to decide what's best for me because this is a lifetime decision.

"I don't want to slim the list down. I have a lot of schools that are talking to me. I give respect to those schools, especially Rutgers because they gave me the first offer."

If Notre Dame eventually offers, that could be the one that counts.


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