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Georgia Bulldogs Must Land 5-Star DE Lorenzo Carter On National Signing Day

Mark Richt

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One of the most coveted prospects in the class of 2014 will finally be able to end his recruitment on National Signing Day on Feb. 5, and he is one that the Georgia Bulldogs desperately need.

Lorenzo Carter is a five-star prospect and is rated as the No. 2 defensive end in the entire nation for the class of 2014. More than 30 schools have offered him scholarships over the course of his recruitment. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Norcross, GA product has narrowed his list in recent months to four finalists: Georgia, Florida, Florida State and LSU. Carter dropped Alabama early in the winter after it was suspected that the Crimson Tide were his favorites.

The hometown Bulldogs are the team to beat right now considering Carter’s high school is roughly 30 minutes from Athens. The team that has made the biggest push recently for the stud defensive end has been LSU as head coach Les Miles has courted Carter on the Tigers’ campus and within Carter’s own home.

Florida and Florida State are in the mix considering Carter has a solid relationship with the Florida coaching staff, but he took his official visit way back in the fall, which could hurt the Gators here towards the end. Carter visited LSU on Jan. 17, the Seminoles on the 24th, and will have a critical official visit with the Bulldogs this weekend in Athens.

The biggest question with Carter, who has the speed, size and strength to make an immediate impact on any team’s defense, is whether he prefers playing in the 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme. Former FSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who is now at Georgia, runs the 3-4 where Carter would project as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. In the 4-3 scheme that Florida and LSU run, Carter would have his hand in the dirt as a defensive end.

Georgia currently has the no. 8 overall class in the nation with only 18 overall commitments, and I believe Carter will add to the class and become a member of the Bulldogs on national signing day. Georgia has made Carter their no. 1 overall player on their board, and they have done everything to earn his services.

He is a recruit that is a must-have for Mark Richt and company, and there would be a lot of upset Bulldogs fans if they let a superstar like Carter slip away from their own backyard. Carter is set to announce his decision on one of the ESPN networks in the afternoon depending on scheduling. Be sure to get your popcorn ready, because this announcement will be one to keep an eye on next Wednesday afternoon.

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