Carter still has Florida, his dream school, at No. 1

Carter (right) during his visit to Florida in June, pictured with his cousin. (Photo from Carter's Twitter)

While at The Opening during the first week of July, Norcross (Ga.) five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter surprised the recruiting world when he named Florida his No. 1 school.

Up until that point, the Under Armour All-American had for months called Alabama and Georgia his co-leaders, with other schools seemingly on the outside looking in.

But that all changed when he visited Gainesville on June 14 with his parents. Will Muschamp rolled out the red carpet for Carter and his family, and new defensive line coach Brad Lawing made a huge impression on the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder with the way he rotates his pass rushers.

And despite attending UGA’s Dawg Night last Friday, Florida remains in front for him.

“I’m just comfortable with the Gators,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a video interview this week. “We had a great visit there. They’re still up there (at No. 1). I talk to coach Muschamp all the time, and coach Lawing is a great coach.”

Although UF’s sudden surge to the top caught most media and fans off guard, Carter revealed that he’s had his eye on the Gators for a while.

“I’ve always looked at Florida,” he told the AJC. “Carlos Dunlap is my favorite player of all-time. So growing up looking at Florida, it’s just a dream school for me.”

Carter plans to release six finalists by the end of the summer and make his decision on signing day.


  1. Why not visit your #2,3 and then an alternative program (DII) or 2 (in case a need to transfer comes up), eliminate them, THEN go ahead and commit and help your chosen program to attract others to the 2014 class.

  2. Time to say…..goodbye….to Antonio Morrison. Too bad, but this program does not need idiots like him, no matter how good he is. A message needs to be sent….loud and clear, especially right now. If you are a repeating idiot, go play for someone else that does not mind your stupidity. This is “in your face” disrespect for Muschamp and his program.

    Good by, Antonio.

  3. First let me say welcome to Mr. Carter and I hope he stays on-board. But I MUST comment on Morrison, What is wrong with this kid? He can’t see beyond 2:30 or 3:00 am, this kid can’t see what a future he is or has blown? Don’t he realize that after the light has been shined SOOO brightly after the Hernandez incident the gauntlet has been THROWN DOWN and there is very little room under the ten for STUPIDITY!! I see that he is going to be suspended for the first two games, but this kind of poor judgement and HIGH stupidity will not be tolerated and his NEXT incident minor or not should be his last (at least at this University). GO GATORS!!!!

  4. Hey Zach,

    Could Carter play weak-side and then hope to get Hand for stong-side or would they play the same position? Just trying to see if Champ and company might sell it to them both about playing bookends?


    He barked at a dog. You’d pitch him for barking at a dog? Yes, he’s a stupid kid. Lots of stupid kids at UF, and most of them don’t play sports. Couple weeks, practice starts, classes start, he’s busy, no more issues. He needs to grow up is all. I’m ok with giving him that chance.
    And YES, I know he punched a bouncer. Obviously not very hard, as the guy wasn’t hurt. Like I said, stupid kid. Now, if he does something BAD, then yes, boot him. But for this stuff? Really?

  6. Carter would be awesome on and off the field. This is the kind of kid that we want to represent the Gators.

    Don’t know how Morrison even came up in this thread. Stick to the topic, and lets welcome Carter.

    Go Gators