Buckeyes Track 7-1 Center Carter

Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County center Jared Carter, who stands 7-1, is starting to hear from Ohio State. Carter updates Bucknuts.com on which schools are after his servics.

Big men are hard to find late in the recruiting season. So, whenever someone standing 7-1 and 220 pounds comes along, you can bet teams take a real good look.

Such is the case with Jared Carter of Georgetown (Ky.) Scott County High School.

Carter is a name that has surfaced prominently in recent weeks among some major programs, because he has begun to develop into a guy who could make a difference at the next level. Apparently, at least a half a dozen teams are really recruiting him as someone who could do just that.

"Western Kentucky, Florida State, Illinois, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Boston College," Carter said Monday night of the teams actively pursuing him.

Of those teams, Western Kentucky and Boston College have offered a scholarship already according to Carter, but Cincinnati and Illinois have been interested for a while.

Another team has come calling recently to get involved.

"Ohio State has called me now," Carter added. "They said they are going to keep up with me and keep in contact now."

Although he has only talked to Ohio State once, Carter is interested in what the Buckeyes have to offer.

"They sound like a great program from what I've heard so far," he said of Ohio State. "I've seen them play a couple of times on TV this year and they seem like a good team."

Perhaps Carter's favorite team, Kentucky, might be a bit of a reach for Carter.

He grew up rooting for the Wildcats, and although Kentucky has recruited him a little bit, they haven't exactly showed a lot of interest to his point.

"They (Kentucky) have called once, but that's really about it since then," Carter said. "I haven't heard from them much at all."

Unlike Kentucky, Cincinnati has been after Carter for a couple of months.

The Bearcats already have four signings from the November signing period, but they still have one scholarship available for the Class of 2005. Carter has already been there once, and enjoyed his visit.

"I went there in December, for the Vanderbilt game," Carter recalled of his Dec. 9 visit. "It was a great game. They (Cincinnati) pass the ball real well, and they were great defensively as well. I've also seen them on TV a couple of times."

It's his defensive efforts that have a lot of teams intrigued, in fact. Currently, Carter is averaging 13 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots a game.

His offensive game is still developing.

"I think I need to work more on getting stronger," Carter explained. "I also need to work on my offensive moves in the post."

Carter's only other visit thus far was an official visit to Boston College back in September. He doesn't mind how far he goes to college, but isn't in any hurry to decide.

"I really want to take the rest of my visits before I even think about committing anywhere," he said. "It probably won't be until the season is over with."

Currently, Carter doesn't have a leader.

"I'm pretty wide open right now," he concluded. "I just want to worry about my season, take my visits, and see how things go."

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