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Saturday, January 12, 2013
Georgia offers top 2014 defensive end

By Radi Nabulsi

With just a few remaining targets for the class of 2013, the Georgia Bulldogs’ coaching staff is spending some valuable time January recruiting time focusing on the next batch of prospects.

This morning defensive coordinator Todd Grantham reached out to yet another Norcross (Ga.) High School rising star, defensive end Lorenzo Carter. The ESPN Watch List junior has close to 20 offers already, so is the Georgia one too late considering Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and others have already offered?

Apparently not.

“I came up for a camp early last summer and coach [Mark] Richt told me about their scholarships,” Carter said. “He told me their situation -- they don’t want to offer too many kids in 2014 because they have a big class coming in this year. He just talked with me and that was really cool with me. That impressed me a lot. It is not too late. I have a year before signing day.”

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defender told DawgNation last summer that he was hoping for a Georgia offer and that one was imminent. But the football season went by, and the coaches made numerous stops at Norcross -- usually to check in on Carter as well as teammates Alvin Kamara and Myles Autry -- but no offer was forthcoming. Carter said he was never nervous.

“I went there early for a camp and they let me know that they really liked me and that I was probably going to get an offer,” Carter said. “I just didn’t know when. It is just like a relief, a sigh of relief.”

Carter does not have a top list yet but said that the offer from Georgia is meaningful to him.

“It is big, especially being in Georgia,” Carter said. “I only live an hour and a half away from the school. Hopefully I will get up there soon and talk to the coaches more and get to know the staff. I couldn’t go to Georgia without an offer so it gives them a chance.”

Carter was on the phone Saturday morning with his Georgia recruiter, running backs coach Bryan McClendon.

“I was just on the phone with him,” Carter said. “Coach McClendon told me it was coming but I talked to Coach Grantham and he gave me the offer. McClendon told me a defensive coach would give me the offer.”

The pass-rushing specialist is unsure of when he will visit the Bulldogs.

“I just have to squeeze visits in there,” Carter said. “Georgia Tech wanted me to come up there today but I am not going to make. Alabama basketball wants me to come to a game, so I when I am there I will probably talk to coach [Kirby] Smart. I will visit them on Jan 19.”