That stock is finally rising for athlete Morgan Carter. Working out at receiver at an elite combine last week in New Jersey, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Woodbridge, Va. product took home MVP honors and since saw his interest level jump. Michigan State offered this week, joining Rutgers and Connecticut. Several other programs have contacted.
Carter, who probably projects as a receiver on the next level, has played several positions at C.D. Hylton High in trying to help his team win. He has played safety, cornerback, some linebacker, receiver, running back, and this coming fall quarterback. In the process, he hasn't been able to dominate at one spot on the field and put together mind-boggling stats that college coaches gush over.
That's what Notre Dame assistant coach Ron Powlus told Carter during one of their many conversations. The two text message at least once a week, chat now and again, and Powlus stopped by the school on Tuesday.
"He let me know after the combine my stock rose with them," Carter said. Notre Dame receivers coach Rob Ianello saw first hand what Carter could do. "They feel like they have a better picture of me. They know what I can do academically and as a person. They can see what I can do at certain positions by watching my film. He said that's my gift and curse. They can see me do a lot of things at different positions, but they don't know exactly what they want. But they definitely saw what I could do at receiver last week."
That has sort of been the company line by college programs to Carter. We know you can play but where? Some schools have the offensive or defensive coordinator liking Carter and wanting to offer, but they have to get it approved by the head coach first. Some schools want to see Carter at their camp before offering. On top of the schools that offered and Notre Dame, he also texts and talks with LSU, Tennessee, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College.
As a junior defensive back, Carter and his 4.56 40-yard dash speed registered 47 tackles, forced four fumbles, recovered three and deflected three passes. On the offensive side of the ball he caught 15 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 214 yards and two touchdowns on twelve carries.
New Jersey isn't the only place Carter has had a good combine. A physical receiver, Carter could not be checked during one-on-one drills at the U.S. Army National Combine back in January, and did not put one pass on the ground. He just missed earning all-combine honors.
Carter could only wave to Powlus on his recent visit, but C.D. Hylton head coach Lou Sorrentino talked extensively with the former Irish quarterback.
"I know he is excited about representing the Irish again," Sorrentino said. "He did a good job. Personal guy and pretty frank with me. Teased him a little bit because he was born in Berwick and I'm from the town next door Shamokin.
"They have an interest and Morgan certainly had a real nice combine performance. They showed some interest and well see how it plays out. I know the time the Carters have been out there, they've enjoyed it."
Carter saw Notre Dame's campus for the first time when the Irish hosted North Carolina last football season. He was also in for Notre Dame's last junior day.
Where Carter falls in line for a Notre Dame offer is obviously up in the air. Fort Wayne, Ind. product John Goodman has already verbally committed to the Irish. The coaching staff has offers out to Martavious Odoms of Florida, Minnesota's Michael Floyd and Georgia's Brice Butler. Depending on what those guys do and how many receivers the Notre Dame staff wants to take, Carter, who is in no hurry to make a college decision will have to wait and see.
Carter just missed finishing in the top six at the state meet in the discus last year. He can throw it over 160 feet. Carter is also jumping 22 feet right now, but feels he could go a foot farther when getting his steps right. Running the 800 for the first time last week, he ran an impressive 1:56, showing how talented of an athlete he truly is.
In June, Carter will make his third trip to South Bend for camp and try to make another impression on the staff.
"(Powlus) let me know where I was at in the process right now," Carter said. "It's good he is talking to me and trying to build a relationship with me. I just have to go out there and perform at their camp. I don't think anything is going to change for me until then, but I hope it does."
Carter hopes it does for a lot of schools.