Tennessee made a very positive impression on Zachary Carter.
The strongside defensive end from Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Fla.) said he was very impressed with his visit during Tennessee’s junior day on Saturday.
“The people and the facilities,” Taylor said. “Just the feel overall and the way the program is headed.”
Taylor said he plans to cut his list of prospective schools down to five this summer. The Vols will make the list.
“I think they’ll definitely be in the top five in the future,” said Carter, who is the No. 3 strongside defensive end in the country and the No. 21 prospect in the state of Florida.
Carter has some work to do in order to cut his list down. He already has approximately 40 scholarship offers.
“Last year, I wouldn’t think I’d be in this position,” the 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect said. “It all came out of nowhere.”
Admittedly, Carter doesn’t talk to every school on his list. He said he mainly communicates with about 10 to 15 schools, which include Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson and Ohio State.
“I think I manage it pretty well,” the four-star prospect said. “My parents help me stay on top of everything. I’m not talking to all 40 schools but I talk to a good amount of the schools.”
The key for Carter is what college should be about.
“Good education,” he said when asked what he’s looking for in a school. “I don’t want to base my decision off of coaches because coaches go and leave. I still look at the coaches and the way the program is headed.”
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