TAMPA, Fla. — Top 100 recruit Zach Carter is ready to slow down the recruiting process even as he’s learning techniques to play faster on the field.
Carter was among the 500 prospects at Tampa’s Thomas Jefferson High School on Sunday for the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy
“I’m here to compete today because I want to perfect my craft,” said Carter, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end who’s rated the No. 99 player in the country and No. 4 strong-side defensive end. “It’s always about getting better.”
Carter reiterated Sunday that his list of finalists stands at four: Florida, Clemson, Tennessee and South Florida.
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“I’ve visited all four of those schools,” Carter said. “When I look at the school, I look past the football program and look at the character of the coaches and players and see if I’m comfortable.
“I’m wanting a family environment, and then I’m also looking at the education I’ll get and the campus.”
Carter said he has been talking to Tennessee assistant coaches Larry Scott and Steve Stripling.
“Tennessee really seems interested in me,” Carter said. “When I went up there I wasn’t sure how much they wanted me, but by the time I left, they made it clear how much they wanted me at Tennessee.”
Carter attended the Vols “Junior Day” on March 5.
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