Ron’dell Carter knows that his first day at Rutgers comes June 21 when the second summer session gets underway. What the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder does not know, however, is where to go for his first team meeting.
Does Carter meet with Phil Galiano and the tight ends or Jim Panagos and the defensive line?
Carter committed to Rutgers as a defensive lineman, and prepared as one heading into the summer. The tight end spot, however, remains a possibility after he impressed as a Rutgers commit and the need for more bodies at the position.
“It never mattered to me because I’m going to put the work in either way,” Carter said. “From what it sounds like, I may be leaning toward tight end, but I don’t know. I love both positions.
“… There was a huge debate about it when my coaches went up in April for the coaches clinic. For me to contribute early, I think that would be at tight end. At defensive end, I know I have to get bigger and stronger to contribute immediately.”
Wherever Carter begins, his versatility provides significant value to Kyle Flood’s roster.
“I’m ready to get up there,” Carter said. “The toughest part will be leaving my dad. I’ve been with the guy for 17 years of my life and needed him every day. I’ve done everything with him, so it will be different to go off to college and not be around him.
“… He’s instilled so many qualities in me. When you shake a man’s hand, you look him in the eye. You say ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir.’ It’s the little things that helped me get here. When it comes to the recruiting process, they want to see you’re respectful and you work hard. That comes from him.”
Carter considers himself a family man, which is why he picked a family program.
“They’re a big family, and I feel like I’m already a part of it,” he said. “I’m all about family. I’m close with all of my family members. When I committed, the atmosphere was that type of atmosphere.”
Before Carter arrives, he stars in the Big 33 game between Maryland’s and Pennsylvania’s best. A representative of Maryland, Carter faces off against two future teammates in Jonah Jackson and Zach Venesky.
“It’s going to be weird,” Carter said. “We’re going to be opponents and then the next day we’re teammates. I’m up for the challenge. I think I’ll be going against both of them. I’m going to move around a lot. I’m thinking I’ll be on both sides of the ball.”