Twenty-six years later, Chris Carter spells his name slightly differently and has the same goal in mind.
"As a personal goal, I do plan on starting as a true freshman," he said Friday following a 51-12 loss to Cleveland Glenville. "I plan on working my butt off and starting as a true freshman. With that, I hope to assume a leadership position."
In the loss, Carter started at right guard and also saw time on the defensive line. Scout ranks him the No. 27 offensive guard in the nation and the No. 32 overall prospect from Ohio.
He will be an offensive lineman for the Buckeyes. In order to achieve his goal, the 6-4, 325-pound lineman said he recognizes that plenty of work has to be done.
"One thing I need to do is stay consistent with my blocks and block to the whistle," he said. "I'll block pretty hard but I need to just give that extra push and put him out of his stance."
Carter landed an early offer from the Buckeyes and accepted it March 15 for a number of reasons.
"(I liked) the way the coaching staff made me feel at home," he said. "They welcomed me in as if I was already on the team. I knew a couple of the players because they went to Glenville. They greeted me, and even the ones I didn't know greeted me. It was a very family-oriented environment."
Since his commitment, Carter said he is growing accustomed to being noticed around town. One fan approached him and, lacking any piece of paper, asked Carter to autograph his forearm and he happily obliged.
"Life's been life," he said. "I'm still an average high school teenager. I just happen to be going to a historic school. There have been a couple times I've walked down the street and people say, ‘That's Chris Carter.' "
A two-way lineman right now, Carter started at right guard but also spent time on the defensive line for the Eagles. He will be an offensive lineman in college.
Admittedly raw as a defender, Carter said his goals on that side of the ball are to "blow the person up across from me and put them on their backs, and if not then stalemate them and I'll still win. I feel I didn't have too good of a game. I can do a whole lot better, but I'm still proud of what I did and what my team did. We wanted to win today, but I'll take that I can get. I'm still proud to be where I am right now."
Friday's opposing coach sees potential in Carter's frame.
"When I studied the film I took a look at him," Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. said. "He's very explosive with a lot of speed and nice size. He looks like his potential could be off the charts. I would've loved to see (Walker) and him play."
"We have a connection," he said. "We want to go down there with a good idea about each other so we won't all be blind."
In addition, Glenville's quarterback Cardale Jones said he was impressed with Carter's play.
"He's a great guy," Jones said. "He can move pretty fast for his size. He reminded me of (former Tarblooder and current OSU offensive tackle) Marcus Hall, if not faster. He's aggressive."
Although his team lost, Carter said he was proud of the final outcome against the Tarblooders, who have won 12 consecutive Senate League titles.
"This is a huge proving point," he said. "Actually, no one thought that we would score at all on Glenville. To put two (touchdowns) up on the board, even though it was about a 30-point differential, it's still a moral victory."