5-star Carter keeps working

NORCROSS, Ga. -- What is five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter's biggest weakness as a player?

Lorenzo Carter had 45 tackles for loss in 2012 ... but he says he can do better.

That is not an easy question for his coach at Norcross High, Keith Maloof, to answer.

"If you watch him on film, there's not many areas he has to get better at," Maloof said. "I'm not sure I can even find one right now. He gets off the ball as quick as anybody. He gets off a block as quick as anybody. He hustles. His motor never stops. That is why he's one of the top defensive ends in the nation."

According to Maloof, with Carter, it's more about "fine-tuning what he has."

"Also, he has to get a lot stronger in the weight room," Maloof added. "If he does that and puts on some more pounds, he'll be fine."

Carter, the No. 5 overall prospect and No. 1 weak-side defensive end in the 247Composite, is a little more critical of his game than his coach. And although he has dozens of offers and is coming off a season in which he had 45 tackles for loss with 18 sacks, he hardly seems content.

"You can't be comfortable as a player -- ever," Carter said Wednesday after practice, which had several college coaches stop by to watch. "You've always got to keep working."

For Carter, who is 6-feet-5, 232 pounds, there are a few areas of emphasis as he prepares for his senior season. One of them is what Maloof pointed out.

"Getting stronger is the main part," Carter said. "When I get stronger, it will correlate to playing the run. I'm working out as much as possible. Seven days a week. Two times a day five days a week."


Apparently, it's paying off.

"I'm benching 285," Carter said. "During the season, it was only like 200. I want to get to like 320."

For those wondering, lower-body strength, also an important thing for linemen, isn't an issue.

"My legs already are strong," Carter said. "I squat like 525."

Technically speaking, Carter said his height can sometimes cause him issues.

"I'm working on staying low because I'm long," Carter said. "Sometimes when I watch film, I'm too high. More than I would like. I can get away with it now because of my athleticism, but in college that's going to have to change."

With gains in the weight room and with his form, Carter thinks he will continue to improve.

"It will help a lot," he said. "It's already helping now in practice. This season, you're going to see a better player."

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