Gators get first crack at Carter

Florida is the front-runner for Carter. (Photo by 247Sports)

Norcross (Ga.) defensive end Lorenzo Carter will make his first of five official visits on Sept. 21 when Florida plays host to Tennessee.

Schools that get the first official visit are often put at a disadvantage because others can make an impression later on in the recruiting process when the stakes are higher.

The Gators, however, shouldn’t have those worries with Carter.

“Florida is the first school I wanted to go see,” he said. “I’m just ready to get (official visits) rolling, and they have a chance to set the bar high. Plus, I’ll probably go back down there for another unofficial after my season.”

Carter visited Gainesville in the summer with his parents and named UF his leader — and dream school — in July.

“We had a great time when we went down there,” he said of the June 14 trip. “I was excited to see how they’re going to use me and just what they do right now with the position I’m being recruited for (Buck). The staff does a great job with the way they coach.”

The Under Armour All-American is particularly high on Will Muschamp because of his coaching background.

“Coach Muschamp is great,” he said. “I love how he coaches. He’s a defensive-minded head coach, and that’s what I want to play for.”

Carter is also getting daily endorsements on him from one of his former players. Norcross defensive backs coach Reggie Cockerm played under Muschamp at Valdosta State in 2000 when he served one year as defensive coordinator.

“He tells me every day that coach Muschamp is a great guy,” Carter said of Cockerm. “At first he was pushing me toward Florida State, but now he’s pushing me hard for Florida. I guess something changed in his eyes.

“He always talks about coach Muschamp’s excitement for the game. He told me I better be ready for him to bring it every day in practice.”

Cockerm’s familiarity with Muschamp has been beneficial for the five-star prospect.

“He’s one of my high school coaches,” Carter said. “He doesn’t work for a college. He’s looking out for my best interest. He played for him, so he tells how he is. He’s not saying stuff to get me down there, he just really thinks highly of coach Muschamp.”

For his upcoming visit, Carter is looking forward to experiencing the gameday atmosphere of The Swamp and learning more about the academics at UF.

“I want to know how they work with the student athletes and the resources they have for them,” he said. “I want to major in engineering, and that’s going to be tough, so it’s important for me to see how they plan on making it work.”

The 6-foot-5, 234-pounder plans to make his decision on signing day and has a Top 7 of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon and Florida State.

Carter feels the Gators are close to contending for championships.

“They’re trying to win the SEC and a national title,” he said. “They were knocking on the door last year. If I went there, I feel like I could have a chance to impact them and kick down that door.”


  1. With the guys we will be losing, soon, we really need Cater. He could get in to the rotation, his Freshman year and take over when Fowler jumps to the NFL, the following year. Hope he continues to have us at the top.

  2. Sounds in every aspect to be a young man heading in the right direction. UF offers the great engineering degrees and academics, as well as a rising football program again. Both parents are active in his life and decision. Whoever gets his commitment will be very satisfied.

  3. Anyone else watch him play vs. Booker T. on national TV.? Booker T’s LT totally dominated Carter in that game (the tackle was not even rated with any stars at the time))….to the point where Carter became very frustrated on the filed. He is obviously very athletic, but he needs to put on about 30 to 40 lbs on his very thin frame, and he needs to spend a lot of time in the weight room to get a bunch stronger. He is going to have to redshirt his first year on a campus, if the campus has a top quality program. No better place to do the things above than at Florida. He also did not show a lot of technique to get off the blocks of the LT in that game. He has a lot of work to do, but there is a lot of raw potential in Carter. But don’t expect him to come in the first year and light it up. He is not going to do that. Fowler was a lot more developed as a player when he arrived at Florida. So was Bullard. The buck position would be ideal for him. It would be nice to get him and Hand in Gainesville. But Hand if probably headed to Michigan or Bama.

  4. He would be a great get based on where he is now and where he will be…with added size, strength and technique/moves, he’s an ALL-SEC 1st/2nd teamer. As we saw in the Booker T. game, he has a good frame and speed rush but little more at this point. Hope we get him. The Tennessee game will be a HUGE recruiting weekend…no place for “STALL BALL!” Go Gators!