It’s easy to go ahead and predict that Zachary Carter will end up at Florida. After all, the 4-star defensive end grew up a Gators’ fan and lives just across the state. Carter isn’t thinking like that.
“Everything is even,” the 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect from Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Fla.) told SEC Country.
Tennessee has made an impression. The Vols offered Carter a scholarship in early December. The 2017 prospect repaid the favor by visiting Tennessee’s bowl practice in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday.
“I enjoyed the practice,” Carter said. “It’s one of the first college practices that I’ve been to and I liked the practice routine they had … I like the (fast) pace also. I think it’s beneficial for when it comes to game time.”
Once Carter’s junior tape started circulating, the scholarship offers came pouring in. Carter has received four offers this month and claims 23 total.
“Just been taking it easy and really starting to gather information about these different schools,” Carter said when asked how he’s handling the recruiting process.
Carter said he’s judging each school on academics, campus life and how solid the program is. Carter said distance from home would not work against the Vols.
“That would not be a factor,” Carter said. “It is in the SEC so it’s not too far for me.”
Carter is the No. 4 strongside defensive end in the country in the Class of 2017, and the No. 17 prospect in Florida.