Sunday, February 3, 2013
ESPN Watch List DE flips over Athens
By Radi Nabulsi
Lorenzo Carter enjoyed his trip to Athens after getting an offer.
One of the top defensive ends in the state of Georgia for 2014 took a visit to Athens to hang out with the Georgia coaching staff for the first time since the Bulldogs offered him a scholarship last month.
Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) wound up leaving much later than anticipated.
“It was great,” Carter said. “I had a fun time. It was very good. I mean I wasn’t expecting to stay there that long. We went up there at like 10 a.m., and I thought I was going to be home by 2, but we got up there and started to talk with Coach [Mark] Richt. Then he left and we talked to Coach [Todd] Grantham broke down some film with me and we ended up going to a gymnastics meet. It was crazy.”
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound two-sport star admits that he can’t walk a balance beam but he can strike the right balance of pursuit and containment required in Grantham’s 3-4 defense.
“That was what Grantham was telling me,” Carter said. “He was telling me it wasn’t going to be that different from what I’m playing right now the way they’d use me off the edge. He also looked at some of my film and some of Jarvis Jones' film, saying some things I could change. He told me some things I can do, so I’ll be doing some different stuff.”
Carter was pleased to leave Athens with a few new techniques he can take back to the defending state champion Blue Devils. He said he also enjoyed his time with the Bulldogs’ head coach.
“We just talked some -- Coach Richt and I had talked before, before I got offered -- and he said how much they liked me and stuff, and that he’d be in contact,” Carter said. “We just talked about how crazy it’s going to be with the rule change next year with who they can contact. We just talked really, it wasn’t anything football related, he just talked about his family and stuff.”
The recruiting rule change scheduled for August that will allow unlimited contact between recruits and coaches has Carter a little worried. With offers from 24 schools such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, and Ohio State among others, his phone is in for a workout.
“I mean, Coach [Bryan] McClendon told me he was going to bug me, he was going to get in my ear a lot, so when they make the rule change in August or whatever, I’m pretty sure he’s going to call me a lot,” Carter said.
Carter has no leaders yet unlike his highly coveted teammate, running back Alvin Kamara who will decide between Alabama and Georgia. While he was in town, Carter was asked what he knew about Kamara’s eventual decision.
“I saw [Georgia running back Keith] Marshall,” Carter said. “We were at the gymnastics thing and we were sitting there and he came on down and McClendon introduced us. He asked about Alvin. We know nothing about Alvin -- it was me and Myles Autry -- so we were just like, ‘I don’t know.’ ”