With all the summer weight lifting sessions and conditioning behind him, Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) is very happy to see an opponent lining up across from him in a different colored uniform.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound 2014 defensive end has seen some validation for putting all the time in early this season. It's not a finished product, of course, but Carter sees some improvement.
"It is good," he said of getting the season going. "We have been working real hard this summer and it just feels good to go out there and hit someone other than your teammates for once.
"There is definitely room for improvement, but I have stepped up and I feel good. I think we are going to have a good season."
At least eight schools have offered Carter up until now. Knowing that major colleges think highly of him helps, but again, there is more work to be done.
"It makes me more confident, I think, but I am a confident person," he said. "It does make me feel good, but I still have to work hard."
Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt are the teams that have been showing the most interest, Carter said. But Florida State has begun to get in the mix, too.
Carter, a tall, lean body type that is reminiscent of 2013 commitment Davin Bellamy, has defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot very interested.
"I talk to them a lot," said Carter.
"I haven't had too much time to build a relationship, but we have talked cordially."
With a busy fall already juggling academics and his own junior season, Carter would like to get on the road, too. The two in-state powers look to be sure-fire bets to get a visit, while some other regional schools are in the running.
"I plan on definitely making it to Georgia Tech and UGA," Carter began. "I would also like to get to Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and if I am lucky, Florida State."
Taking a wise approach to the process, Carter is looking at his recruitment as an important life decision. He wants to make sure the college fits him as much as he fits the school.
"It is just going to be wherever I am comfortable because I am going to be there for a big time in my life," he explained. "I just want to be comfortable and like their defense."
Carter also mentioned that he would prefer playing in a 3-4 defense as a stand-up outside linebacker.