Catching Up With Kyle Carter

Penn State's verbal for the Class of 2011 talks about his senior season, his future team and much more.

The first commit for Penn State's Class of 2011, tight end prospect Kyle Carter is getting ready for the start of August practice. Carter, a talented and versatile athlete at Delaware powerhouse William Penn High, has big expectations for his senior season.

"We're a hard working team, we have a lot of kids really into football this year and we've been putting in the time," Carter told "We're going to be good; I think really good."

Carter committed to Penn State in May and has since taken an active role with the class, talking to top players and prospects. He was thrilled by the recent commitments to the class, including Angelo Mangiro. He said that he is keeping in constant contact with a number of top players on the Penn State recruitingboard and chatting them up, hoping to get them to join him. He said there is a lot of interest in the program.

In June, about a month after his verbal to the program, Carter went to camp at Penn State and really enjoyed his time there. He got an up close look at the team's facilities and a chance to hang out with several players currently on the team, saying that he enjoyed getting to know his future teammates. Carter also got to explore campus a bit; his mother is a Penn State grad and shared some insight from her time there.

"She wanted to visit the places she remembered, her old dorm and other places like that," Carter said. "She kept giving me advice on places to hang out and check – places where the kids when she was there would hang out. She's really excited that I am going there. She is comfortable with the decision and where I am going."

Currently, Carter said he's communicating with Penn State target Kyshoen Jarrett, who is expected to make a decision sometime this week. He saw the cornerback up close at a National Underclassman Combine event in south Jersey and said that he alked away impressed.

"He was the best cornerback there, easily," Carter said of Jarrett.

But now Carter is focused on his senior season and winning a championship with William Penn. He said that he's always been a leader by example and hard working as a person, but he's trying to be more vocal this year. From the field to the weight room, he's trying to inspire and encourage his team. Carter is also looking forward to doing well in the classroom. He claims a 3.5 GPA and says he has only a couple C's during his high school career.

"I want to make honor roll each quarter this year," Carter said.

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