Generating A Buzz

A two-sport athlete with plenty of positive traits, it is size of defensive end Chance Carter that has caused the scholarship offers to come filtering in.

MADISON - The numbers are a moot point when one evaluates Loyola Academy junior defensive end Chance Carter. One of the main reasons that Carter has generated such a buzz is his shear size (6-4, 235 pounds) and hasn't stopped developing yet.

"He's obviously got the size and potential to develop," head football coach John Holecek said. "He's got a big lower half, long arms and is a very active kid. He's going to be to grow and fill out. He's incredibly smart and a smooth athlete."

After 64 tackles his sophomore season, Carter recorded 22 solo tackles, 20 assists, 8 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and one interception in his junior season. Not known for his vocal skills or being out spoken, Carter thrives on the spotlight on the field.

"He is the energetic leader," Holecek said. "He's not a vocal kid and is quite a shy kid until he gets out onto the field. He's the spotlight because he jumps out, never gets tired and is a very active kid."

Already holding four scholarship offers, Carter has spent plenty of time visiting the University of Wisconsin. An accomplished basketball player, Carter has visited the Kohl Center and Camp Randall numerous times, including coming to the Penn State football game in October.

Carter made another unofficial visit to Wisconsin the first week of December, watching the Badgers developmental practice as they prepare for their bowl game on December 27.

"Wisconsin has got a nice mixture for him," Holecek said. "The coaching staff is great for him. Randall McCray has been extremely involved here with me and does a great job with Chance. I think Chance just loves the facilities and the coaching staff and that he feels at home. Coach Bielema has a nice, down-to-earth attitude and he's impressed with the overall package."

A two-sport athlete, playing for the AAU Rising Stars, Carter, according to his coach, stopped playing basketball to focus solely on football and develop his body. After one year of lifting, Carter has seen big returns for his work in the weight room, increasing his size while still maintaining some of his basketball skills.

"He's got a nice lateral movement which translates from him guarding the football," Holecek said. "He's got to work on his explosiveness but you see a lot of things carry over from the court to the field. He's got to get prepared for the college diet and the commitment.

"Still, he's never going to change. He's always going to be the same kid. He's a very smart, academic kid. I tell him that he should be a doctor. He tells me that he likes history but I tell him that there's no money in history. He's a very smart, educated kid that doesn't talk a ton."

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