Duron Carter Down to Five

St. Thomas Aquinas [Fla.] wide receiver Duron Carter has narrowed his list to five schools. Carter, son of former Ohio State star Cris Carter, will be making his decision before his season starts. Where do the Buckeyes stand with Carter? Bill Greene has more.

Star wideout Duron Carter, of Florida's famed St. Thomas Aquinas High, has narrowed his list to five finalists. Carter, son of former Ohio State star Cris Carter, is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the 45th best wide receiver in the country by Scout.com.

"Everything is pretty much the same for me in recruiting," Carter said. "I have narrowed my list to five schools. I'm down to LSU, Ohio State, Auburn, Wisconsin and West Virginia. I was at Ohio State in April and I'm going to schedule a visit to LSU soon. I'm going back to Ohio State this Friday for senior camp. I'm going to work out for the coaches and I'll be looking to have a big camp."

Carter spoke about what impressed him about each school on his list. He also knows what he's looking for to help him make his final decision.

"My final decision will be based on two things," he stated. "One is how comfortable I feel with the coaching staff and the players. More importantly will be the academic program for each school. I want to measure in business and my parents have always stressed life after football. I want to have my decision made before my season starts. It's a tough decision. I like auburn because of the way they run the spread offense. They're always a top-ten program. West Virginia was the first school to offer me and I have a great relationship with [assistant coach] Doc Holliday. LSU is a place that just won a national championship and that means a lot to me. They also have a great reputation for putting receivers into the NFL. My uncle Shane Carter plays at Wisconsin and I'm real familiar with their program. They're always one of the top teams in the Big-10. Ohio State is a great place because Columbus is such a great football town. The atmosphere is awesome. My dad having played there won't really have an impact on my decision. My parents want my to make my own decision."

Is there a chance Carter could commit to the Buckeyes on his upcoming visit?

"I'm not sure about that," Carter said with a laugh. "I would have to talk with my parents before making a decision like that. I like coaches at Ohio State a lot. I played ping-pong with coach [Darrell] Hazell when I visited. We hit it off real well. He beat me pretty bad, because he's pretty good. Having Terrelle Pryor there is pretty cool. Every wide receiver wants to play with a great quarterback and he's the best right now."

Carter also offered an honest evaluation of his game as a wide receiver.

"My greatest strength is my ability to separate from defenders," Carter admitted. "I try to run precise routes and i take my job seriously. I need to work on my speed and strength to become the player I want to be. I learned how hard I need to work from my dad. I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me."

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