Last month, University of Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson took a look at linebacker Reginald Carter (Snellville, Ga./South Gwinnett) to see how well he had progressed since tearing his ACL five months ago. He then went to head Coach Mark Richt and gave his opinion. Shortly after, Richt gave Carter his first post-injury scholarship offer, which came as a tremendous relief to the 6-foot-2, 215-pound rising senior
“After getting hurt, I felt that with the work I put in to get strong, something good would come out of it,” Carter said. "So it felt great to get an offer from UGA.'
Last weekend, Carter was back in Athens to check out the Bulldogs in practice as they prepare to compete for a chance to return to the Southeastern Conference Championship.
“They had a great practice,” Carter said. “I like the way Coach Richt runs the practice and how they use a point system to determine who has to run after practice. They have a great defense this year.”
The Bulldogs’ practice had the Twittersphere abuzz early Saturday afternoon with news that a couple scuffles broke out. While undoubtedly a common occurrence in a heated contact sport, it was still newsworthy because, quite frankly, fans are often deprived of their football fix this time of year. Carter enjoyed seeing his first gridiron action of the spring.
“I met Alec Ogletree, and he is tall for an inside linebacker,” Carter said. “I saw him take down [RB Isaiah] Crowell. It was like a war on the field, but afterward they were all still buddies. But seeing it made me want to get out there on the field.”
Carter took the opportunity to spend some more time with the coaching staff before his trip to Georgia ended.
“I talked to Coach [Todd] Grantham, [Kirk] Olivadotti and Coach [Mark] Richt about the players and how they were doing,” Carter said. “They talked about me coming in and playing Moe.”
Schools like UNC, South Carolina, UGA, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Miss State, Tennessee, Alabama, and FSU are in the hunt for Carter, who had 73 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a sophomore. The trip to the Classic City had a positive impact on Carter, but he is not ready to make a decision just yet.
“I love the campus. Athens is a nice college town, Carter said. “I do not have any top schools like now, I am just looking around. I want to go to a program with a winning history, depth chart and feeling at home.”
Carter hopes to try and visit Alabama this weekend to see practice.