NORCROSS, Ga. -- Class of 2014 defensive end Lorenzo Carter is a two-sport star at Norcross (Ga.) High School. He is relatively new to the gridiron, but he believes that football offers him an outlet that he just can’t find on the hardwood.
“I just love hitting and in football I can’t foul out,” Carter said. “I get in foul trouble sometimes in basketball when I come out after playing football. I played some offense at my old school but my heart is on defense. I just want to hit.”
Most football players talk about their love of hitting but only a few speak of it with the intensity Carter does. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound junior has turned his love of hitting into scholarship offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Other offers are likely on the way because of the blows Carter delivers, such as this one from the game against Parkview (Ga.) High School:
“The quarterback tried to get around me and he made it to the outside,” Carter said. “But I guess he didn’t realize how fast I was and I ended up catching him from behind. I just decided to lay it on him. I got a clean hit and he was a little slow getting up. I saw the look in his eyes and I knew I got him.”
Carter hopes to have the same impact in college and is starting to take visits to see what is available. He recently took in Georgia’s victory over Florida Atlantic.
“I just really like UGA and I am waiting on an offer from them so I am going to keep working and see what comes from my work,” Carter said. “I talked to Coach [Mark] Richt and he said they liked me a lot and to just keep doing what I am doing. He said I will reap what I sow. I got a chance to see the Dawg Walk. It was my first time really seeing it. That was one of the things I was looking forward to. It definitely lived up to my expectations.”
A member of the ESPN Watch List for 2014, Carter will also visit the Crimson Tide soon.
“I am going to Alabama to see the Mississippi State game,” Carter said. “Hopefully me, Alvin [Kamara] and Myles [Autry] can get up there together so we can get a chance to watch Alabama. That is going to be a great experience. Hopefully I can get a chance to talk to Coach [Nick] Saban. This will be my first time talking to him. Most of the time when I go to Alabama it is as a basketball recruit. This will be my first time going as a football recruit. I am looking forward to it.”
Carter is unsure if he wants to play both sports in college.
“It would be great but I really have to think about that because I will still be going to school and I have to get my work done,” Carter said. “And that is pretty tough because football is demanding and basketball is just as demanding. So I just have to think about it.”
The long-armed junior demands a lot of himself on the field. He has 50 tackles in six games so far this season. Against Habersham Central (Ga.) High School, Carter and his teammates had their second shutout of the year. Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was there to see it.
“I think I had nine tackles tonight and two sacks. I had eight sacks coming into this game,” Carter said. “Whenever you come out here and see me, you’ll see my motor is going to keep going no matter what. Even if it is the fourth quarter or overtime I am going to keep going hard.”