VandyMania Interview: David Carter

Defensive lineman David Carter of Fork Union Military Academy was a late addition to Vanderbilt's 2004 signing class. The 6-5 245-pounder, originally from Waynesboro, Pa., is now just a few weeks away from reporting to Vanderbilt for the opening of fall camp. In this VandyMania exclusive, Carter talks about his Fork Union days, his recruitment, and his expectations for his first season with the Commodores.

****** David, you played defensive line, tight end, and a little bit of quarterback at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. You're originally from Pennsylvania. How did you end up at Fork Union?

Vanderbilt signee David Carter: Well, I transferred down to Fork Union for my senior year to play for the high school team. We won the state championship that year, and I played all quarterback. But I wasn't getting the kind of attention that I was looking for. So I decided to stay for another year. I put my hand on the ground and played some different positions. The rest is history, I guess. You and Gabe Hall (defensive line teammate from Fork Union) came down in late January for your official visit. You must have liked it really well, because you ended up making a commitment on the spot.

Carter: Yeah, we both had a good time. The funny thing was, I actually hadn't talked to Gabe during the visit, like, are you going to commit? But we both, when we decided that Sunday morning, we both had the same idea, like, yeah, this is where we want to be. We loved it. Loved the facilities, loved the people. The biggest thing that sold us was the coaches. So yeah, we're going to give it all we've got. But you had some opportunities to go some other places. What was it that sold you on Vanderbilt above all the others?

Carter: I believe it was the coaches and their complete honesty on what the situation was, as opposed to West Virginia and Missouri and some of the other places. Then also, the academics are outstanding, the facilities are unbelievable, and you get to play in the SEC. So all of that stuck out pretty well. Fork Union is a tremendous football program... would you say that playing in the postgraduate program there is almost equivalent to playing college football?

Carter: Oh, that's true! We'll play against East Carolina's redshirt team or their JV guys. Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Colgate... we play another school similar to ours named Hargrave Military Academy, and they have about 40 Division I-A signees every year. So the speed is definitely way up from what you see in high school. It's a good deal. You will probably play defensive end at Vanderbilt. Do you know at this point whether you will redshirt, or whether that will be worked out when you arrive on campus?

Carter: It's still being worked out, but I plan on coming in and getting into the rotation as soon as I can. I don't plan on redshirting if I don't have to. As a defensive end, would you say that you are kind of a pass rush specialist?

Carter: Yeah, I'm kind of a speed guy off the edge rather than a big run stopper, but I'll play anywhere they want me to. I weigh about 245 right now. You played a good bit of quarterback in high school. Vanderbilt went through spring practice with only two quarterbacks on campus. Have the coaches talked with you any about being an emergency quarterback replacement?

Carter: I think that would be stretching it a little bit! If they want me to, I'll do it, but I don't really see that happening.

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