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Syracuse Football Recruiting: Kenny Carter Becomes 2nd New Jersey DE Commit of Day

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Just hours after three-star New Jersey defensive end Jake Pickard flipped from Wisconsin to the Syracuse Orange, he's joined by a second New Jersey defensive end in the Class of 2015.

Plainfield High School's Kenny Carter made it official Friday evening committing to the Orange, per Mike McAllister.

"The first thing he said was ‘I don’t want to leave,’" Plainfield head coach Jason Glezman said after the visit. "He really did enjoy his visit. Coach Shafer and the whole program there, one thing they really try to show you is the genuine family atmosphere they have there. It was very evident throughout his visit the level of comfort that Kenny felt being around the coaches, the players and the facilities. That was one of the biggest things for him was feeling comfortable around these people.

"The facilities there speak for themselves. We went to the basketball game and I told him there were 30,000 people there. He’s like, ‘there were 30,000 people there?’ So I told him, ‘yeah man and there’s 50,000 when there are football games, so it’s crazy.’ The new practice facility they have, he kind of got googly eyed when he saw that. He loved it. He loved every second of it."


The 6-foot-4, 250 pound lineman also had an offer from the Temple Owls but after his visit to Syracuse last weekend, that was that. Carter is verbal commit No. 26 in the steadily-improving class.

Syracuse appears to be stockpiling big bodies, especially on the defensive line. Carter isn't as high-profile as some of the other recruits at the spot, but he could develop into a solid player in the coming years as he gets bigger, stronger and faster.