Schedule Concerns

While many players are concerned about the schedule they'll face on the field this fall, one high school defender is waiting for another to be finalized.

Cornerback Michael Carter of Ely High School in Pompano Beach hopes to get to West Virginia for a visit before his senior year begins, but it all depends on his father's work schedule.

"My father is trying to get his vacation schedule and time off set up, and once he does that, I will make some visits," said Carter, who is one of the top corners in the state of Florida. "I'm still very interested in West Virginia, and I want to get there for a visit."

Whether that happens before, during or after the season, Carter wants to see the Mountaineer program first hand. He is being courted by WVU recruiting coordinator Doc Holliday.

"Coach Holliday came down to visit me over the spring, and we have talked some," he said. "I do want to get there and see everything that they have to offer."

Carter counts academics, the chance for playing time, the coaching staff and the history of the program among his areas of importance in his choice of schools, and West Virginia is strong in all of those areas. Carter hopes to major in either engineering or business.

A physical player who can line up in press coverage and disrupt routes from the line of scrimmage, Carter also packages good speed skills in his game.

"I have good recovery speed, and I have long arms that I can use to tie up receivers," he said. "I also have a good break on the ball."

With cornerback a pressing need in the West Virginia recruiting class of 2009, Carter could be one of the answers for the West Virginia defensive backfield of the future. As a junior, he intercepted seven passes, and returned four of them for touchdowns.

Carter is rated as the number 13 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, which makes him a four star prospect.


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