Brett Carter (Tacoma, Wash./Franklin Pierce) walked into the Dempsey Indoor with his parents to watch Washington practice. As soon as he walked in he was greeted by Peter Sirmon, the Huskies’ linebackers coach.
About 20 minutes into practice, defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox made sure he took a minute to say hello.
The 6-foot-3, 199-pound outside linebacker was in Seattle for a quick unofficial visit Sunday.
“It was a short, but sweet visit,” he said. “I liked it a lot.”
It was Carter’s first chance to watch the Huskies practice in full pads. After the workout, Sirmon invited the prospect to the program’s Junior Day.
The invitation was enough to make him “want to work harder.”
Carter missed his junior season because of a compound fracture in his left tibia and fibula suffered just days before Franklin Pierce's season opener. After leaving Washington’s practice he was so excited he said, “I can barely feel my leg anymore. I feel like I’m ready to go play.”
He continues to receive interest from college coaches, but they want to see him on the field before they extend an offer.
“Since I didn’t get a chance to play this year because of my injury, I feel like they want to see me in action first,” he said.
He feels like offers are close, but coaches need confirmation. He hopes he can show the Huskies’ staff what they are looking for, since he grew up a fan of the program.
But before he can focus on recruiting, he needs to get healthy. He started jogging this week. He sees a doctor in two weeks and plans to start playing basketball in January.
Trips like the one he made to Washington over the weekend help keep him focused and working hard to make sure he recovers, so he can shift his attention to proving himself to Division I programs.