March 28, 2012

Carter back to the grind



South Gwinnett linebacker Reginald Carter has experienced his fair share of adversity over the past year.

The three-star linebacker suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) that forced him to miss most of his junior season, and the Georgia Rising Seniors bowl in December.

Some student athletes may have a hard time believing that major scholarship offers could come without at least proving that they are completely healed, but Carter expected his recruitment to as he planned before the injury.

"I feels good, and it was a surprise a little bit," said Carter. "I expected things to go well with recruiting, but it was surprising that things happened soon like that."

Carter received his first offer from Georgia this winter, and the Bulldogs have been recruiting him hard ever since.

Although it is early in the process, the UGA has made it known exactly where they see the South Gwinnett prospect fitting in their defense.

"They want me as an inside linebacker," said Carter. "They want me to play the Moe linebacker position."

Carter was in town for Georgia's first full contact spring practice on Saturday, and left impressed.

"It was a real high intensity practice," said Carter. "It was really intense, and I liked it. I liked it a lot. One thing that stood out to me, well, really everything stood out. I liked it all."

Running backs coach Bryan McClendon is Carter's primary recruiter for the Bulldogs, and Carter has gotten to know McClendon, and his prospective position coach at the next level should he choose the Bulldogs.

"Coach McClendon is the guy I spend the most time with," he said. "I also talk with Coach (Kirk) Olivadotti. They are real cool and I like them. They are the kind of guys I feel like I could talk about anything with them."

Georgia may have been the first school to come calling for Carter's services, but other schools have followed suit.

Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, Central Florida, and Vanderbilt have also extended offers to the Peach State linebacker, and with so many schools in the mix, it is no wonder that Carter isn't quite ready to name leaders.

"I don't have any top schools right now," he said. "They are all pretty much together."

As for his injury, Carter is ready to get back to work.

"I'm done with the rehab part of things," he said. "This spring I can go through drills, but I won't be able to do contact stuff. Then I'll be able to get back at it when we start in the fall."

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