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2014 DE Carter has FSU in top group

9/30/2012

Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), an ESPN Watch List member for the class of 2014, figures to be one of the best defensive ends in the state by the time his senior season rolls around.

At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Carter has a great frame in which to build upon at the college level, and that's why Florida State has already offered him.

The junior lineman recently visited Tallahassee for the Clemson game on Sept. 22, and Florida State emerged victorious in a top-10 showdown.

"That was a big game," Carter said. "The environment was crazy. I was looking around and seeing the whole stadium chopping at the same time. It was crazy. The fan support was crazy."

Carter's qualified to say such things. Just last year, he was on hand for arguably the most anticipated regular season college football game of the decade.

He believes the FSU-Clemson game was on that same level in terms of the experience.

"Yeah, it has to be in the top two," he said. "I went to the Alabama-LSU game at Alabama last year and that was pretty big. It was just like that one."

Despite getting some brief words in before kickoff, Carter didn't have too much time to speak with the coaching staff. He understood that going in knowing full well that they would have their hands full not only with all the recruits in attendance, but also in preparation for the big game.

"I didn't really get too much time to talk to the coaches," Carter said. "I did talk to Coach [D.J.] Eliot a little bit, but he was real busy with a lot of stuff going on."

The visit had an overwhelmingly positive effect from Florida State's perspective. Carter's experience showed him what it might be like someday, and evidently, he saw himself fitting in at Florida State.

"I didn't really learn anything, but I just saw more of their facilities and got a chance to see what it is like to go there," he said.

"It really helped Florida State. It jumped them to one of the top teams on my list."