Kid in a Toy Store

While schools aren't sure exactly where they want C.D. Hylton standout Morgan Carter to line up for them in the future, they are sure that he has the athleticism and size to play a number of different positions in college. Connecticut is one of the two schools who have already offered him and Carter was impressed on a visit to Storrs.

Woodbridge, Va., native Morgan Carter has the athleticism and size to play on either side of the ball at the next level, so schools recruiting the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder have simply labeled him "athlete" at this point. He and his family took a trip to Connecticut earlier this year and came away impressed with what the program and school had to offer.

"Connecticut offered me in either late December or early January," Carter stated. "I went up for their junior day with my family and met Coach Rob Ambrose who I really hit it off with as soon as we met. We had already built a rapport over the phone, so when we got there a bit early he gave us a private tour and also had us sit down with the academic advisory team. The team talked to me about how they help players handle the transition from high school to college with different programs and I was impressed with how structured they were. I liked the academic side of what Connecticut had to offer and my mother was also very impressed with everything presented to us in the meeting."

Carter, who is very well-spoken and seems wise beyond his years already, has an idea of what he'd like to pursue after school. Academics are definitely priority number one and he has positioned himself for success early in life as evidenced by his current academic achievements. Carter is a straight A student and scored a 1716 on his SAT and 22 on his ACT, both during his sophomore year. He is also a member of the National Honor Society.

"I think I'd like to major in biology or pre-med," Carter said. "I could also look towards something like chemistry because what I don't want to do is get too specific with my major. I may just lean towards a field that would give me a broader spectrum of professions that I could pursue."

As impressed as Carter seemed to be with the academic side of what Connecticut offered, he was equally impressed with the resources that could be available to him in an athletic capacity at Storrs.

"They really had lovely facilities and everything was state of the art," Carter explained. "The full size indoor practice field made a big impression on me and they had a two story weight room with all new machines. The strength and conditioning coach came down and explained to me how they worked various parts of the body which was intriguing to me as there was a lot of biology involved there. Upstairs they had compressed air machines which I had never seen before and they also had chips for each player that recorded each player's workout and showed them what to do each day. I was like a kid in a toy store!"

"Before we left my family and I did have an opportunity to meet with Head Coach Randy Edsall in private where we discussed my opportunity at Connecticut. He told me I was being recruited as an offensive athlete, but could end up on either side of the ball eventually."

As a junior, Carter registered 47 tackles, forced four fumbles, recovered three and deflected three passes. On the offensive side of the ball he caught 15 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 214 yards and two touchdowns on twelve carries. He has been an honorable mention All-District and All-Region selection since his freshman year.

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