Carter has a passion for the game

After spending four years in the military, including a full 12 months of fighting in Afghanistan, Bakersfield DL Clinton Carter (6-3, 254) appreciates his chance to play football. As a freshman this past season, he helped lead the Renegades to an 11-2 record and a state championship and he hopes to continue that success this fall...

After graduating from Centennial High School in Bakersfield, California, Carter decided to join the Army, giving up the game of football to serve his country.

"I just always wanted to join the military and it was an honor to serve," Carter told "When I got back, after serving a year in Afghanistan, I got out of the army and decided to enroll here at Bakersfield and give football another chance."

As a freshman in 2012, Carter spent the year playing mostly defensive tackle for the Gades where he posted 45 tackles, 3.5 sacks, seven tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for the state champions.

Weighing only 250 pounds, he went up against players who routinely weighed 50 pounds more than he did, so he used his quickness, his outstanding motor and his underrated strength to cause problems.

"Feel like I spot the ball well and I just never give up on a play," Carter said. "It will be more fun this year I think just because I'm going to play a lot more defensive end this coming season, so I've been working a lot on my explosiveness and working on getting stronger. You always have to work to get better, so I've been running a lot, working out and just getting ready for spring ball and then our season this fall."

While he is one of the top line prospects in the state from a size and athleticism standpoint, schools have yet to start contacting him, probably unaware of his availability.

As the Renegades start their practices and four-year coaches head out on the road during the spring evaluation period, that will likely change and things should start to pick up for him as the year goes along.

Carter plans to sign with a school in December and will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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