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Friday, March 8, 2013
Ohio State 2014 spotlight: DE Carter

By Brad Bournival

Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look deeper into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. Next up on the list is defensive end Lorenzo Carter, who led the Blue Devils to their first state title in 55 years -- this one a Georgia Class AAAAAA crown.

Lorenzo Carter, Norcross (Ga.) Norcross

Vitals: 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds

Status: Uncommitted and in demand with more than 25 offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas. Carter is high on the Buckeyes’ list.

ESPN.com ranking: An ESPN Watch List junior, Carter picked up his first offer in June. In December, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wake Forest all offered within a two-week period.

Numbers game: Need numbers? How about 50 tackles for loss? That’s what Carter turned in as a junior as well as 136 tackles, 18 sacks, nine quarterback hurries and five forced fumbles.

State of the position: The defensive trenches are one spot where Ohio State is very strong with the Buckeyes taking 11 linemen in the last two recruiting classes. That said, Se’Von Pittman (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) just announced plans to transfer, thus opening another spot up.

What has caught Ohio State’s eye: First and foremost, Carter is long and lean. That makes him a perfect fit for the Leo position with the Buckeyes, where he can move back into coverage or come off the edge. His reach makes him an excellent pass rusher, while his solid footwork makes him good to stop the ground game. Carter’s size also helps against quick-pass offenses as he can disrupt plays almost as soon as they develop.

What he has said about the Buckeyes: “It was good getting the Ohio State offer. I liked Urban Meyer when he was at Florida, and I could see myself playing under him. My teammate Myles [Autry] is a close friend of mine, and he loves Ohio State. It would be awesome if he and I went to the same school.”