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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Georgia keeps five-star DE Carter in state

By Derek Tyson and Craig Haubert

Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) made an official visit to Georgia over the weekend, and that was enough to put the Bulldogs over the top.

The 6-foot-5, 238-pound athlete announced Wednesday that he will sign with Georgia. The No. 14-ranked player in the country chose the Bulldogs over Florida, LSU and FSU.

What he brings: Carter is a high-upside, promising DE/OLB hybrid-type prospect, with scheme and physical development likely determining his best fit at the college level. Carter is a long, lean prospect who will need to work to further fill out his frame and improve strength. His best asset at this stage is as a pass-rusher, and with his length and initial quickness, he can present problems coming off the edge. He needs to learn to better use his hands and reach to his advantage, but he flashes the ability to turn the corner and be a factor as a pass-rusher and in backside pursuit. He flashes upside as an edge run defender, but here is where the talented prospect needs the most development. He needs to watch pad level. When he stays low, he flashes an ability to hold ground, but at this stage he lacks a prototypical anchor to set the edge versus bigger linemen.

Lorenzo Carter
Lorenzo Carter picked Georgia over Florida, Florida State and LSU.
Who he reminds us of: Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard. A few names can come to mind when it comes to Carter, but the most natural comparison is another Norcross graduate: Hubbard. The comparison is not solely based on his high school, though, as both are long, athletic players with basketball backgrounds. As prospects coming out, both brought promising upside with similar areas for development, such as the need to physically fill out and learn to use their reach and hands better. Both move well, although Carter's speed is outstanding while Hubbard is arguably a little more fluid. Hubbard, an Under Armour All-American as well, was a defensive end coming out of high school, but he moved to outside linebacker in college. Carter, depending on the system, could very well make that move himself.

Potential freshman impact: Of all the five-star prospects in this class, he is probably the least ready to play in an every-down role. That is mostly because of his physical stature, as we believe he needs to add considerable size and strength to effectively hold up and anchor in the college running game. We do believe he could develop quickly into a sub-package edge rusher as a defensive end or stand-up linebacker. While Carter might be more a situational player early on, he has the upside to grow into a complete defender once he fills out further and finds his fit in a scheme.

How he fits: Carter joins ESPN 300 prospect Keyon Brown as Georgia’s two defensive end signees. Ideally, Georgia would like to groom Carter to be a possible replacement for ultra-productive defensive ends Jordan Jenkins and Ray Drew.