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Lorenzo Carter recruit scouting report: explosive edge rusher

Carter is one of the best defensive end recruits in the country.

Lorenzo Carter
Lorenzo Carter
Norcross HS

Lorenzo Carter is one of the best football recruits in the class of 2014. Carter stars for Norcross (Ga.) High School.

Carter is a weak-side defensive end recruit and stands tall at 6'5, and weighs in at 230 pounds.

As of March 22, Carter is rated as a five-star recruit by 247 and Rivals, a three-star recruit by Scout, and is not yet rated by ESPN. Carter has a huge number of offers, most notably Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and South Carolina.

You can find Carter on Twitter @LCarter_25.

Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Carter is a special prospect. He has the ability to play defensive end, with a frame that can eventually hold 250 or 260 pounds. But he also has the athleticism to play rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Carter's greatest asset is his pass rushing. He gets off the ball and converts speed to power well, can bend under the reach of the offensive tackle, and finishes, which is an important attribute in a pass rusher.

Carter also has excellent length, and in time with college coaching, could use them as an excellent weapon in his arsenal against the pass and the run. Carter does a pretty good job against the run given his frame, and is better at controlling opposing blockers than the typical long, thinner defensive end type prospect. Once he fills out, he could be a plus run defender in college.

I wish Carter had more film of him dropping into coverage and defending the pass. If he did, I wouldn't have to guess at his ability to transition to outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

Carter is one of the best players in the country and his various high ratings are well deserved. He should be a multi-year starter at the BCS level.

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