Every season, you hear the story of a kid the Orange staff took a chance on. Kenny Carter adds his name to the list, and in rather impressive fashion. Coach Acosta visited him over a year ago and told him the stakes that were on the line. Carter rose to the challenge, and when the Orange failed to flip Nate Howard, Carter sprung at the opportunity in front of him.
High School: Plainfield HS, New Jersey
Position: Defensive End/Tackle
Stats: 6'4'', 250lbs
Main Recruiter: Bobby Acosta
Commitment Date: January 30th
Stars: Scout (2), Rivals (2), ESPN (NR), 24/7 (2)
Other Offers: Temple
While Carter claims to be currently qualified on the sliding scale, there is still a full semester to go for him to stay qualified. However, after watching his tape, it's obvious that Kenny would have many more offers if his academics were in order earlier. He clearly has a grasp on how to fill gaps and how to do his job when it comes to containing a QB.
I think technique-wise will be his biggest hurdle, as he gets out of his stance too quickly on some plays. He's definitely a player, just not very consistent on every play, and this is a highlight tape. That being said, the Orange have one of the best defensive line coaches in the country (my opinion) and he should be able to mould Kenny into a very good defensive end based on Carter's knowledge of the game.
With the class of DE/DT coming in, the staff added some kids they knew could play right away, and they added some kids with very high ceilings. Carter is one of these high ceiling kids and I can definitely see him making some noise after a redshirt season.