Beamer, Gamecocks pursuing 4-star OL

Leon HS (Tallahassee, FL) is home to one of the most sought-after offensive line prospects in the country as coaches from programs all over have been by to see Andrew Carter practice this spring. One such coach is South Carolina's Shane Beamer, and the Gamecocks have made the athletic lineman a top priority in the 2009 class. Read inside to see where the Gamecocks stand with the standout lineman.


The 6'5", 265 pound Carter now has 13 offers to his name, including tenders from programs such as Florida State, South Carolina, Miami, Louisville, Purdue, Illinois, Rutgers, and Michigan.

Almost all of those schools are recruiting the nimble offensive lineman as a tackle. Carter described what it is about him that has drawn the attention of college coaches as well as what things he hopes to work on going into his senior year.

"We're a spread offense, so I think I'm a pretty good pass blocker. We live and die on the offensive line for Leon. I still need to work on all my steps and just perfect everything like finishing blocks and just stuff every offensive lineman needs to work on."

Leon played host to coaches from over 75 programs this spring as they came through to see Carter and highly-regarded teammate wide receiver James Green. All 13 of the programs who have offered Carter came by the Tallahassee school.

With all the attention from so many programs, Carter still has a lot to sort through before naming a leader or making a commitment.

"I'm definitely wide open," Carter said. "They're all about even right now, because I'm going on a lot of visits this summer. I'm going to make it up north to Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Illinois, and going down to see Miami, South Florida, and Central Florida. I'm going to be going on a lot of trips this summer so I won't have a favorites list until probably next (school) year."

One of those visits Carter is looking most forward to is the trip to Ann Arbor, MI to check out the Rich Rodriguez-led Wolverines.

"That was just a great (offer). I really like Rich Rodriguez. I always watched him at West Virginia coaching. I really do like how he coaches and stuff. And then the offensive line coach for Michigan came down just to talk to me, so it doesn't get much bigger than Michigan. It's just a huge offer, and I'm really excited to have it."

Michigan and Illinois are the only two schools Carter is almost sure he will take official visits to right now.

Three places Carter has already enjoyed visits to are Florida State, Central Florida, and South Carolina. Carter has also been to Florida, Georgia, and Auburn as well, but none have stepped forward with an offer.

Living in Tallahassee, Carter may seem like a lock for the hometown Seminoles, but according to the talented lineman that's not the case.

"I lived in New Hampshire for the first ten years of my life, and then moved down here seven years ago. So I'm not really a Tallahassee guy, but I have lived here for a while, which is to say I'm really wide open."

That doesn't mean Carter has not enjoyed his short trips to the Florida State campus.

"It was great. I really just went through all the facilities, and talked to (offensive line) coach (Rick) Tricket and Coach (Jimbo) Fisher for the whole time. It's always a great visit when I go visit up there."

Carter also had a good time on his visit to South Carolina this spring. He was supposed to witness one of the Gamecocks' three scheduled scrimmages, but after rain postponed the scrimmage, Carter spent most of the day hanging out with the South Carolina coaches. Offensive line coach John Hunt met with Carter and his family for over an hour. The Gamecocks are recruiting Carter as a tackle.

Carter's recruiter of record, cornerbacks coach Shane Beamer, has the Gamecocks in the ball game for the talented lineman.

"Coach Beamer is great. I love Coach Beamer. He is a great guy."

Carter also enjoyed getting to know USC head coach Steve Spurrier personally and seeing how he relates to the current Gamecock players.

"Living in Tallahassee for a while, Coach Spurrier never got a good rep down here. It was nice talking to him for a while and finding out that he is really a good guy and all of his players really love him. It was a good visit for seeing how he coaches and seeing how all the coaching staff really does coach."

After his round of unofficial visits this summer, there is a good chance Carter could commit sometime during his senior year.

"I was talking with some people a while ago telling them that it would be either our first or third game if we won, because that's Gody our first game and Lincoln our third game. If we beat one of them, and I could do it after the game that would be great. But if I'm not ready yet, then I will do it later on when I come up with my decision."

While Carter has several schools to go see before he is anywhere near making a decision, he does have a good idea what he will be looking for in each school.

"I just really want great chemistry with my coaches. You want to like the people you are working with for four years. That's one of the big things for me. I also want to feel comfortable where I'm living, with the city and stuff. It's pretty much going to be like a feeling for me when I get there."

Carter is rated the no. 28 offensive tackle in the nation and is considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com.


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