Name: CHRIS CARTER
School: Brother Rice High School – Bloomfield Hills, MI (Coach Al Fracassa)
Vitals: CB (#21) 5’10″ – 190 lbs
Offers: Buffalo, Butler, D2 offers
This Rivals.com 2-star recruit had plenty of eyes on him given the fact that he played for the #11 ranked team in the country according to USA Today. Brother Rice High School is perennially a top team in the state of Michigan and is more often than not a contender to be ranked nationally for Coach Al Fracassa, who recently retired after 430 victories and 9 state titles. Brother Rice has won the last 3 State Championships in Michigan’s second highest class.
Physically, Carter has a college ready body and could be a candidate to play immediately at a position where UND currently has serious depth issues. He shows the ability to read and diagnose passing plays well and has great anticipation skills, something that typically comes natural. Carter, a team captain as a senior, also shows a good understanding of zone coverage and is able to read his side of the field while watching the QB’s eyes. His ball skills are pretty refined already for a kid who didn’t play offense in high school. One can tell he’s been coached up well when watching his solid technique shown in man coverage.
Carter will need to get better in run support for UND’s defense, where corners are an often overlooked asset and can make a big difference in the running game. On tape, his top-end speed is a bit of a concern. If he wants to be able to get on the field next fall he will need to get faster in order to run with Big Sky receivers every week. The good news is that his solid technique will help take care of some of the speed issues. He’s also a little tight in the hips and will need to get more flexible.
Having said all of that, Carter is a serious candidate to play as a true freshman, but expectations for him have to be realistic next year.