Eight programs have already offered 2014 prospect Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), making the 6-foot-6, 225-pound defensive end one of the most coveted juniors in Georgia. He was in Athens last weekend to watch the University of Georgia take on FAU.
Carter was surprised with what he saw.
"It went well," Carter said. "Everything at Georgia was good and I had fun up there. I was not expecting that many people to show up for such a small game versus Florida Atlantic. The fans came out and supported the team like it was an SEC rivalry game, and the players played like it was an SEC game."
Before the game, Carter was able to spend time with his recruiter of record, as well as the Bulldogs' head coach.
"I talked to coach [Bryan] McClendon and he said he like the way I played and that I need to get used to going up against guys like I did at North Gwinnett at offensive tackle," Carter said. "I had a great time talking to coach [Mark] Richt with my parents. He said he liked me a lot and that the coaching staff loves me. I asked him if he thought I was too skinny, and he said I would gain weight and that as long as I am around 235 by the time I graduate I would be in good shape. He told me to keep working hard, lifting weights and that I would be hearing from Georgia later on."
The praise from Richt excited the junior pass rusher, who is hoping to earn a scholarship from the Bulldogs.
"I am waiting for that Georgia offer, so hearing that was really encouraging," Carter said. "That just gives me that extra motivation to keep working hard. I am waiting for the offer, but if I get it, it does not mean I would make my decision right then because I want to feel out the other schools as well before my senior year."
Carter has gotten off to a great start in his first season at Norcross. The junior has 27 tackles and five sacks in three games, including two against a pair of FBS offensive tackle prospects last Friday for North Gwinnett.
"I came to Norcross to play against this type of competition," Carter said. "I have had to use my hands more and adjust my stance more now because before I could get away with just speed. Now I need to develop more power too so I can have a balanced approach. That helped a lot against North Gwinnett."
Carter plans on going to FSU this weekend for the game against Clemson, and hopes to see Alabama, Georgia and Georgia Tech play this fall.