Cisco Carter has been called 'a hidden gem' and with good reason.
This 6'-4" 215 lbs Iron man type athlete, who has played wide receiver and kicker in high school, and has put on a show at OLB, DE, and safety at camps this summer, had to sit out his entire junior season because of Knox County Schools transfer policies.
So with no junior year film to show any schools, some might say he's a risk, but others think he's a steal.
"Not having film from my junior year puts me a real disadvantage, but as long as I can produce the first few games of next year, I'm sure I'll be fine."
So far this summer, Carter has been to the UT skills and kicking camps, and the Cincinnati skills camp, and was impressed with both. "UT has some really great coaches.
They take time to work with you before they get into you" Carter also plans to attend a camp at LSU in July.
Carter hasn't received any offers from any schools, but both UT and Cincinnati have shown serious interest.
"The coaches at Cincinnati told me the longer I stayed on campus up there the better my chances would be of getting an offer," Carter said on the phone Monday after being asked about his time line on accepting any potential offers. "I'll make my decision when the right school comes along with the right offer that I get a good education at. My education is the most important thing, it comes first."
Carter said that UT would be his first choice, and that it would be a dream to play for the VOLS, but also said that he would accept the best offer he gets.
Even after sitting the bench his junior year, Carter doesn't think it will affect his play in his senior year. But not only is he shaking off the rust, he's also seeing game time at safety for the very first time. He has been practicing and watching tape with the Bearden varsity team.
"I've been practicing with the varsity team (Bearden), and I've been watching tapes with them too. I've been watching and learning from the mistakes, even though it wasn't me making them."
Hopefully Cisco Carter can prove himself on the field next season and get that offer he is looking for. There is no doubt about it, he's flying under the radar for now. With a few more good camp showings he won't be flying under the radar for much longer.