He heard long before, and it was re-enforced when he visited with the coaching staff at Rutgers last weekend.
It has also provided motivation for the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder to gain weight and get stronger heading into the summer camp circuit. And if he succeeds, an already highly interested Rutgers could offer him.
"I changed my whole diet up and everything,'' Carter said. "Every morning my mom will get up and make me a big breakfast before school, and every night at dinner we'll have a meat product, like a big steak, turkey (and) potatoes. Something that could put weight on me.''
Carter's problem is running the weight off during offseason conditioning, not to mention youthful metabolism.
But he said after meeting with Rutgers tight ends coach Phil Galiano and head coach Greg Schiano, he understood the Scarlet Knights' interest level. He also said his first face-to-face conversation with Galiano, who returned to the staff in February, went well.
"I talked to him about how the practices went, about some red-shirting stuff,'' Carter said. "He got to see my size and all, and he got to speak to my parents for the first time.
"It's a lot better to speak in person because you could see their facial expressions, and it makes it more personable. I know a lot of their coaches. I've been up there plenty of times, so I'm familiar with a lot of their coaches, and I got a chance to talk to coach Schiano a little bit.''
Rutgers' overriding message was familiar.
"They want me to work on my size, and to get stronger and put on some more weight,'' he said. "That's the main thing that's holding me back right now. I've got to get some weight on me.''
As for the actual practice, Carter was, to a degree, taken aback.
"Practice was real intense,'' he said. "It seemed like they had everything going like clockwork. They knew exactly what they were doing. They weren't wasting any time.''
Carter's focus was on the tight ends, and he spent most of his time perched near the unit, taking mental notes and watching how Galiano interacted with his players.
"I just watch some of the techniques,'' Carter said. "I was listening to the tight ends coach teaching them blocking and reading coverages. I saw how colleges practice, and what I'm going to have to do.''