Carter Leads Packed Recruiting Weekend
Published: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 2:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 2:53 p.m.
Xavier Carter, a standout wide receiver out of Palm Bay, may bolster Florida's receiving core after his upcoming visit to Gainesville this weekend.
Palm Bay coach Dan Burke said LSU, Florida, Florida State and Miami are all equally in the mix for Carter going into this week.
"I think LSU and the three state schools all have a legitimate shot at it," Burke said. "He visits [Gainesville] this weekend so obviously that'll weigh heavily on him."
The fact that ex-Palm Bay players Mike Degory and Joe Cohen currently play for Florida could improve Carter's opinion of the school, Burke said.
The 6-3, 190-pound Carter runs a blazing 4.35 40-yard dash. Burke said the program that lands the star wide receiver will greatly bolster their speed on offense.
"He's probably the fastest kid in Florida," Burke said. "Obviously, speed kills in football. When teams adjust defenses to defend him, it opens up other things on offense."
Carter's work ethic shows with his enthusiasm on special teams, Burke said. The highly-touted wide receiver has been one of Palm Bay's stars on special teams over his entire career.
While Carter possesses impressive physical tools, Burke said the young wide receiver needs to develop his skills more at the next level to mature as a football player.
"He still has a lot to learn about playing football," Burke said. "He's as raw as he's ever going to be, and he's only going to get better."
Carter, ranked No. 2 on the Sun Top 40, is not the only big name to make his way to Gainesville today in a star-studded recruiting weekend.
Also making way to Gainesville are Hawthorne quarterback Cornelius Ingram (No. 1 overall), and Columbia cornerback George Timmons, the Sun's small school and large school area players of the year.
Carter, Ingram and Timmons will be joined by Florida commitment Markus Manson, big-time defensive lineman Derrick Harvey, Miami linebacker prospect Javier Estopinan and Tennessee fullback David Holbert, among others.
Carter becomes a must get for Florida, along with Washington (D.C.) receiver Doug Dutch who visited last weekend, in the wake of Arlington (Texas) Grace receiver Lance Leggett's decision to reneg on his commitment to Florida in order to commit to Miami.
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