February 3, 2013

Carter has close-up look

Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter is easily one of the hottest 2014 prospects in the country right now.

The 6-foot-5, 221-pounder is approaching two-dozen offers already, and almost every program in America is trying to get him on campus for a visit.

Carter says that he had a chance to attend multiple other places on Saturday, but the junior pass rusher, his parents, and two Blue Devil teammates decided to make the 45-mile trip to visit Georgia.

"I had options. I could have (gone) to Clemson or Florida State or Georgia Tech. But I wanted to get up to UGA so I could actually get a chance to sit down and talk to Coach (Todd) Grantham personally about where he's going to put me in this defense and how he's going to fit me in," said Carter of his trip to Athens on Saturday. "We got up there and it was just me, my parents, Myles Autry, and Kevin Mouhon. We got a chance to sit down and talk to Coach (Mark) Richt for a little while. Then we went in to talk to our position coaches, and I talked to Coach Grantham. He broke down some film on me. We just had a good time all together."

Grantham has gained a reputation at UGA for developing big-time pass rushers due to his tutelage Justin Houston and Jarvis Jones, and Saturday's trip gave Carter a chance to see exactly how the fourth year coordinator operates.

"He just showed me how he used Jarvis Jones and he also showed me a little bit of Demarcus Ware's film because he coached him when he was with the (Dallas) Cowboys," he said. "He just showed me some things I could do to change my game and be closer to playing if I go to Georgia. He showed me the little things that impress him about me and the things he sees that he can change if I go there."

In addition to gaining a reputation for developing pass rushers, Grantham has also become known for coaching prospects up in the film room while they are on recruiting trips.

Carter says that is exactly what happened this weekend.

"He really did," Carter laughed when asked if Grantham gave him any coaching. "The first 10 minutes that we were watching film he showed me things that I could change to make me a more effective pass rusher. It's just awesome. He showed me how to change the way I line up so I could get a better jump off the ball and a more explosive start. I'm going to use that. It is awesome to see that he can find something that quick."

The four-star prospects parents, Leo and Lisa Carter, also made the trip and both came away impressed with UGA.

"My parents always have a great time on the visits and this was no exception," he said. "They had a great time. They had a chance to talk to the Athletic Director (Greg McGarity). When they came back they seemed pretty excited. When I talked to them tonight, they asked me if Georgia changed on how I viewed them and if they went up. They went up for me and I'm sure they went up for them. They liked it a lot."

With 2013 National Signing Day just a few days away, the junior day circuit will start to hit full swing in the next couple of weeks.

Carter, however, doesn't yet know what trips he will take in the near future.

"I just don't know," he said. "We were talking about trying to make the trip to the University of Tennessee next weekend, me, Myles Autry, and Kevin Mouhon probably. We are going to try to stick together. Other than that, I don't know."

The Rivals250 junior says that he has no leaders at this time, but he admits that he has already learned one valuable lesson when it comes to handling his recruitment.

"I've learned that you have to make your decision for yourself," Carter said. "You can't let everyone else around you do it because they will do it for sure. Everyone has an opinion but you are the one that is going to end up spending your life at the school so that is what you have to do."

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