Meet, Lorenzo Carter, a standout defensive end at Norcross (Ga.). The 6-feet-6, 232-pound junior is among the most coveted recruits in the 2014 class. All told, he claims more than two dozen offers with the most recent coming from Auburn, Kentucky, Michigan, N.C. State, Ole Miss, Southern California, Stanford, Texas and UCLA.
Lorenzo Carter will play for a basketball state championship Saturday. In December, his football squad won a state title.
Carter is the No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports rankings.
Last week, he told 247Sports he might not announce a college choice until National Signing Day next year. Carter has agreed to produce a twice-a-month diary for us, and in his first installment he talks about his background, his introduction to football, his love of basketball (he will play for a state title later this week) and, of course, his recruitment.
Last week, we played in the state basketball semifinals. It was a crazy game. It was tough. They had some real high-caliber players. I think I had 10 points. We had to really lock down at the end, and we did (Norcross defeated North Cobb 59-54). I think I missed four throws, though. I was really tired and dehydrated.
The night before, I was in the hospital for dehydration. I was sick for like the past week. Then we played Wednesday and I was dehydrated from that. I didn't practice the next day, so I went to see the team doctor. They couldn't find my veins at first, so I had to go to another building.
I was getting a little worried because I knew I had to get more fluid. For me, not playing Saturday wasn't an option. I was going to play. But my parents -- I'm sure they wouldn't have let me play if they thought I was too sick.
That night I slept with an IV in my arm. I had to keep it in part of the next day, and I got two more bags of fluid.
I guess I started feeling normal Saturday around 3 p.m. That's when I got to school for our walkthrough.
Basketball is Carter's first love. But he will play football in college.
At the game, the atmosphere was great. I think it helped me a lot that I played for a championship last year. When we played in the final four [in 2012) it was in Macon. I hadn't gotten to play in an arena before then. This year, the place was crazy. Coming from 1A [Carter played at Whitefield Academy as a sophomore] and this was 6A -- it was packed. This Saturday is the state championship and I'm really excited.
That's the most important thing right now. Nothing else matters.
Last week, I talked to [Alabama football coach] Nick Saban and [LSU coach] Les Miles. On Friday, I talked to [Georgia assistant] Bryan McClendon. Even though I've been focused on basketball, the football coaches have been great with it.
A lot of coaches have been talking to me mainly about basketball since they know we're deep into it. They know I can't do anything until we're done with basketball.
I've been playing basketball my whole life. I always had a basketball in my hand. I was born in Evansville, Ind., but we moved to the Atlanta area a long time ago. I don't remember much about Evansville. We also lived in Memphis. My dad is from Chicago. My mom is from Memphis. They both played high school basketball. My dad was better but my mom thinks she was good. My dad also played in college at LeMoyne-Owen.
I began playing football about five or six years ago. Basketball was my sport but I was good at football. I played recreation league basketball. One year our coach was like, 'Ya'll need to play football to get tough.' I already was tough, but I played anyway. The hardest part at first was learning how to actually play the right way.
I think I remember my first little league game. I got three penalties for clipping. I didn't understand. I was like, "Why am I getting in trouble for this?" I wanted to get better.
I still love basketball. I could play in the high-majors if I wanted to. I heard from Alabama and Georgia for basketball. But in basketball, I'm a dime a dozen. In football, when will you find another 6-6 freakish defensive end? I think my future is in football. That's the only sport I'm going to play in college.
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My GPA is in the 3's. My parents are really on top of me. My mom [Lisa] is an accountant. My dad [Leo] is a driver for the V.A. They threaten to take my phone away all the time to keep me from talking to coaches and stuff. My friends say they're harder on me than most parents are on their kids. Right now, they're trying to keep me at straight-A's this year. That's our goal.
This week, I'm focused on basketball, but that will change on March 10. That's the day after the state basketball championship. I may want to take a week off. You know, just take some time off to get my body right. I need a break from everything. I've been so busy. After that, I'll get back into football.
On March 16, I'm visiting Alabama.
I will talk to you again after that trip.
CLASS -- 2014
SCHOOL -- Norcross (Ga.)
HEIGHT -- 6-6
CLASS -- 232
POSITION -- Weak-side defensive end
247 -- No. 3 overall, No. 1 WDE
247COMPOSITE -- No. 71 overall, No. 4 WDE
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