Posted: 11:52 am Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Lorenzo Carter’s mother ranks UGA visit as an 11 

By Michael Carvell

AJC Super 11 DE-OLB Lorenzo Carter of Norcross HS (AJC)

AJC Super 11 DE-OLB Lorenzo Carter of Norcross HS (AJC)

Lorenzo Carter, the state’s No. 1 overall football prospect, took his fourth and final recruiting trip to UGA last weekend.

You could say it went pretty well.

“On a scale of 1-10, I’d rank it an 11,” his mother, Lisa Carter, told the AJC. “It was the overall package of the visit. There was not too much heavy recruiting. It was just down-home, honest-to-goodness family atmosphere. You felt like you were at your uncle’s house for a Super Bowl party. We could do whatever. We could play games or we could watch TV. It was like ‘Here’s my favorite recliner. You can have it.’ It felt very, very comfortable.”

UGA also made a big effort to address Carter’s “concerns” with how the Bulldogs haven’t named a specific person to coach outside linebackers yet.

“Coach Richt and the rest of the coaches talked about the experience that they brought together as a team of coaches,” Carter said. “And how they want Lorenzo as the type of player who could play defensive end and outside linebacker, so he would actually work with multiple coaches. It wouldn’t be with just one coach. He’s not going to be with Coach Rocker all the time. It made us feel good that we’re going to rotate. We’re going to see several different coaches for several different ways they have planned to use him. We felt really good about it.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Carter will announce his college decision at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on ESPN. His finalists are UGA, Florida, FSU and LSU.

Back to the UGA visit: You knew it was going to be a good weekend when Carter delayed the trip to play for the Norcross basketball team last Friday, and he made the game-winning shot.

Carter and his family arrived at UGA around 11:45 p.m. Friday and were met in the hotel lobby by running backs coach Bryan McClendon, who recruits Gwinnett County, a fertile area the Bulldogs have struggled with in recent years.

On Saturday, Carter spent a lot of time with UGA’s new assistants – defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, along with Tracy Rocker and Kevin Sherrer.

“All day Saturday was spent trying to bond with Coach Rocker, Coach Pruitt and Coach Sherrer – the defensive coaches and the support staff. We spent a lot of time talking depth chart, position and how they’re going to change but keep similar to Georgia defenses from the past. It was interesting. We watched video.

“I think the main focus was trying to get a relationship established with Coach Rocker since we had not had an opportunity to meet with him,” Carter said. “We wanted to know more about him, and he wanted to know more about us.

“I just wanted to know more about what he (Rocker) knew personally about Lorenzo. Was he going off what they told him? Or had he taken the time to find out about Lorenzo for himself? I was pleased that he did find out about Lorenzo by himself. It wasn’t just ‘This is a kid we want. This is why we want him. Now go get him.’ (Rocker) did take time to look and evaluate on his own. I felt good about that.”

On Saturday night, there was going to be an epic showdown in bowling between Mark Richt and Carter’s mother. Both are highly-competitive people, and had talked about the head-to-head bowling match in advance of the trip. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen because of a mixup.

“You know what happened?” Carter said. “After we left dinner, we were going bowling. They had been transporting us around on a bus, along with a couple of coaches. I got on the bus with my husband and we were sitting there. As we were pulling off, one of coaches said ‘OK, we’re on the way to the hotel. Nobody wanted to go bowling.’ I was on the wrong bus. They took me back to the hotel, and everybody else went bowling. I missed out on that.

“It was unfortunate because at dinner, we were all talking about it. Coach Richt kept rubbing in my face, and I was dying laughing. When it was time to leave, I got on the wrong bus. Lorenzo kept texting me ‘lol lol.’ I was like ‘This is not funny. I’m at the hotel and everybody is asleep.’”

Richt, perhaps an in indirect message to Carter, tweeted about his bowling later that night.

On Sunday, the highlight of the day was attending a Super Bowl party at Richt’s house with other recruits and their families. Because Carter arrived late on Friday, he could stay until Sunday night under the NCAA’s 48-hour rule for being on campus.

“I told Coach Richt he owed me an outfit,” Carter said with a laugh. “They have these huge dogs that are absolutely gorgeous. But they are huge. I mean, they are the size of ponies. When we first pulled up, I thought it was a black bear. I was like ‘What in the world?’ It was one of dogs, and they are so playful. The dog went and got some water, and came running back to me while dripping water from ear to ear. He laid his head in my lap, and I was like ‘Wow. I love you, too, Little Doggy.’

The Super Bowl was a blowout but it didn’t affect the party, which was attended by two other UGA targets, ELCA defensive lineman Andrew Williams (with the Bulldogs emerging late as a contender with Auburn and Clemson) and Cedar Grove High School linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams (he re-confirmed his commitment to South Carolina after the trip).

“By halftime, the game lost the interest on the majority of people that were there,” Carter said. “We started playing cornhole (also known as bean bag toss). Coach Richt is so competitive, it is so funny. It was me and my husband against Coach Richt and (his wife) Katharyn. Katharyn and I gave each other high-fives any time we scored. Coach Richt just smiled and said ‘What is this? This is my teammate. What is going on here?’ They won, but I think Coach Richt must play every day. He was really good.”

AJC Super 11 DE-OLB Lorenzo Carter (AJC)

AJC Super 11 DE-OLB Lorenzo Carter of Norcross HS (AJC)

The Carter family returned to the Atlanta area shortly after midnight on Sunday. They will review his college options over the next 24 hours before Lorenzo steps in front of a national TV audience to reveal the winner.

“We started talking about a final decision on Monday morning, and as soon as he woke up, his phone was just blowing off the hook,” Lisa said. “He got calls and calls and calls. He asked me when I was dropping him off for school if there was any way he could get his telephone number changed. I said ‘Sure.’ As soon as I was able to get settled, I called and got his number changed. He asked me not to give to anybody except for me, his father, his sisters and his grandma.

“He just wants to take his time and look over the different options that he has. Who does he feel most comfortable with? He wants to go ahead and narrow it down. If there’s a particular school he wants to eliminate, he wants to go ahead and make contact with those coaches so they can have the opportunity to extend an opportunity to someone else, rather than waiting. He has got a lot to work on with his decision.”

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65 comments
Borodawg
Borodawg

Note: Inappropriate BLOG comments and personal attacks will NOT be tolerated. 



Rut-row.  That'll leave quite a few unable to make comments or end up "removed". 

TampGator1
TampGator1

Dawggoneit....


Driskel has 2271 passing yards in little over one season of playing QB at Florida.  Slightly better than 800.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Dawggoneit.....


I will take that bet today, tomorrow, next week, next month, this spring, this summer, and this coming fall.  Florida is loaded on the defensive side of the ball and is one of the best coached units in the country.  Not so on offense....under Pease.  Things might change under Roper, however. 


And Brad Lawing.....not DL coach better in the entire country.  Durkin coached great LBs at Stanford and now at Florida (although he hired a new special teams coach that is going to help coach the LBs this year).  You can keep Rocker and whomever you LB coach is. 


But Bobo is a hell of a OC....and Pruitt is a very good DC. 

HotDawg
HotDawg

Many possible UGA recruits are stretching out their signings till Wednesday afternoon and evening.

So don't expect to know everything at 9a.m Wednesday.

Majority will be in by 9 or so, but a bunch of kids keep milking it longer and longer every year for tv or whatever strokes their ego.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Dawggoneit.....


Not really.  Just honest opinions and facts to support.  But opinions and facts to support them can be viewed by some as "hating" I guess.  But it is not with me.

TampGator1
TampGator1

A tidbit......


Rocel McWilliams....long considered the back up plan if Carter chose Georgia....just announced that he will be committing (or staying with) Missouri in the a.m.  Gives me a little hope that Florida still has a shot at Carter.  I do think he fits the Florida defense better than the Georgia defense.....at the Hybrid DE/OLB position for the Gators.  And I think Florida has a better DL and LBs coach than Georgia (Lawlng and actually Durkin...who is the DC as well).  Hopefully, Carter will feel the same way and surprise and pick the Gators on NSD.   

TampGator1
TampGator1

@MichaelCarver.....


My point was is that Carter, no matter if he selects Georgia or Florida, is not ready for prime time SEC play, and the difficulties he had in the Booker T. game was a prime example of the things Lorenzo needs to work on when he arrives on his campus of choice.  Was watching the ESPN pre-NSD show just a few minutes ago....recorded it.....and the talking heads on that show were saying the same thing.  They said that, of all the 5 star players out there, Carter has the most things he has to work on to get ready to play and that he is a developmental player.  I guess I am not the only one that sees that about him.  I hope he goes to Florida because he is going to be a very good player some day.  But not day one on campus or even year one for that matter.  Not putting the kid down (or hating on him), just stating what I see as his potential and what his current challenges are to play in the SEC. 


P.S......I disagree with several on here.  You do a great job reporting recruiting stories on here. Read you every single day and get fresh knowledge and goings on,   Thank you for your hard and very good work and efforts for all of us that love college football and college football recruiting.   Looking forward to NSD.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Lorenzo carter to UGA!!! Book it! Book it! Book it! Book it!

NCDawg
NCDawg

It sounds like his parents are sold but it's the young man's decision.  Nobody is out of the running until the LOI is signed.  That said I'll be surprised if he isn't a Dawg come Wednesday night.

96JB
96JB

50-50 he ends up in Athens. Hope so. We'll just have to see how mama feels. an hour drive vs 8 is a big deal.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Our first opponent is Clemson. Pruitt knows how to stop Clemson. Held them to 14 points last year in FSU's dominating 51-14 blowout in Clemson's backyard. And 7 of those 14 points were in garbage time. How many points did 3rd & Grantham give up? 38 and we looked awful doing it. Couldn't bring Sammy Watkins down and didn't get much pressure on Boyd the entire night. I have a feeling that'll change come game 1 this year. Boyd and Watkins won't be there, but whoever their new QB is will feel the heat of not only Athens, GA on an August Saturday afternoon, but the new JUNKYARD DAWG DEFENSE!!!! GO DAWGS! GATA!!

TampGator1
TampGator1

Moist Dawg.....


But he would learn how to use "their" and "there" correctly in sentences (their....in relationship with people) and (there.... in relationship with places) there at Florida.  And am sure "their" English professors could also teach   him to spell "probably" as well "there" in Florida.  

TampGator1
TampGator1

......and the same applies if he selects Florida on Wednesday.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@thebucket


Obviously, not the head coach of Booker T. Washington or the 2-star OT that dominated him the entire game at the beginning of the season.  I think Carter is going to develop into an outstanding player, but it will be 2 or 3 years down the road, in my opinion.  All speed and not much technique or power at this point.  But a school like Georgia will develop that in him, especially not with Pruitt there.  But I think he will have to redshirt his first year on campus to put on weight, add strength (upper and lower body) and learn effective techniques to get off of power OTs like the kid from Booker T.   SEC OTs will dominate him right now. 

thebucket
thebucket

I talked with a head coach from Lorenzo's region and he said that Lorenzo was one of the best players his team had ever competed against. He also said that Lorenzo was a good guy, too. Here's hoping he spends the next few years in Athens!

Gopher86
Gopher86

There's a theme going on here! Bryson Allen Williams mom speaks and she is mauled by Bulldawg nation. 'Zo Carter mom speaks positively and she's embraced by Dawg nation!  Why? There both just want what makes there sons happy!

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

On 2/03/14 @ 6:40 am  AJC's Michael Carvell.. finally.. changed his 247 crystal ball to UGA... now Dawg350 can officially Book It...

"BELIEVE" in the G

POAD2013
POAD2013

Still don't think FSU is out of the running.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

I actually like the DE's GT has committed to them more than this guy. Antonio Simmons has some unworldly stats down there in Florida.

BulldawgRick
BulldawgRick

Momma Knows Best!!

& the Carter family will be 90minutes away from the Classic City..

Win Win situation!

Welcome to the Dawg Nation!

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@TampGator1  Now how do you know that your DL and LB coaches are better than UGA's? I'd take Tracy Rocker and Kevin Sherrer. Two hard nosed guys who preach physicality. How much you wanna bet that UGA has a better defense than Florida this year? 

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tampa

Who really cares about your tidbit! Carter will be a dawg! You are full of it!

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@Dawg350 Dawg350 to the Nut House!!!!! Book it! Book it! Book it!

MoistDawg
MoistDawg

@TampGator1  you can make fun of a couple typos all you want but he aint going to floriduh and poad he sure aint going to fsu now that we took there def cordinator and thats the bottom line because moistdawg said so!

kerryb
kerryb

@TampGator1  After reading that article do you really think he is going all the way to Gainesville?  Especially when you may be firing your coach after next season. I think not but keep your hopes up.

MichaelCarvell
MichaelCarvell moderator

@TampGator1 I don't get the logic when ppl bring up Booker T. Washington. Recruiting is about POTENTIAL not PRODUCTION. It's about what you may be in a few years, and not what you are now. So he had bad game. So what? Tell the 2-star from Booker T. Washington to have fun watching Lorenzo Carter on TV in 5-6 years

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Ahhh yes, downsize the guy when he's not leaning towards your school. Classic. He's not so great now.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@thebucket  If he goes to Athens, just make sure he stays away from JHC, I mean THC.

thebucket
thebucket

@Gopher86 The record needs to be corrected about what happened with BAW's mom. She was attacked on the blogs by a lot of people posing as UGA fans. No legit Dawg fans were taking shots at her. That would be recruiting suicide to get into it with a recruit's mom on a recruiting blog.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@POAD2013  No one is out of the running until that dotted line is signed and faxed in. Stranger things have happened.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@POAD2013  Where is he most likely to contend for a NC? FSU. He can play on the scout team for a year and chase Famous Jameis around. 

Ghost13
Ghost13

@ConfederateFlagBurner  Simmons  weighs 210 lbs and played in one of  Floridas  high schools  smallest classifications, he may turn out  to an all american but he has  further to go than Carter. Guarantee you given a choice  between Carter and Simmons  any defensive  coordinator would choose  Carter.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@ConfederateFlagBurner Those fumes from your confederate flag burning must be effecting your mental ability.  I don't think y'all have any DEs that can touch this kid nor Andrew Williams.

Don't forget there Mr. Flag Burner there are 3 types of lies:

1) Lies

2) Damn Lies

3) Statistical Lies

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

@Dawg350 Says the pot-bellied, mullet wearing, unemployed, uneducated redneck from Gooberville, Georgia.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Who really cares!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Connor Cook touchdown! What a throw! Oooohhhhhhh baby!!!

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

@Ghost13 Once the kid committed to Tech he shut his recruitment down. They came but the door was closed. Any I like the projectory laying within the stats. 29 Sacks, 19 solo tackles behind the line discrimmag and a HS Parade All American.

I like Carter but I've watched him play and he never was dominant.

ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Tech had Andrew's brother on the team he was a 4* as well, they won't miss him.

Don't let the recruiting sites blind facts. I watched Carter play he's OK. Simmons won Defensive Player of the Year and posted 29 sacks.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

That sounds like a car race. The Bogart 350 running laps around the buckeye.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Bucky

Don't be a troll.