Name: Mario Carter
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
High School: Independence High School
Position: Tight End
NOTES: Charlotte (NC) Independence standout Mario Carter committed to NC State on April 19th.
"Yes sir, I committed to NC State this morning," said Carter. "I felt like it was the right school for me, and it was the best time to go ahead and commit.
"My coaches here are happy for me. They feel it is the right place for me and the perfect fit."
Carter won a state title in 2007 in his first season at Charlotte (NC) Independence, where he started at tight end. He tallied 22 catches for 309 yards and six scores, and he added 10 rushes for 52 yards on the ground. An all-conference selection, Carter was also a vital part of Independence's running game with his lead blocking.
At 6-foot-5 and 240-pounds, he is one of the state's top jumbo athletes and a sure-fire top-20 in-state prospect. He already has offers from NC State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Michigan, Marshall, Alabama, Virginia Tech, and Virginia, with the Wolverines and the Thundering Herd being the latest.
"The State coaches were very excited and happy to know that I would be a part of their team next year," said Carter. "I'm happy to have my decision complete."
Carter is NC State's second commitment in the 2008 class, joining Pittsboro (NC) Northwood standout athlete Tobias Palmer.
CARTER QUOTE: "I didn't think that other colleges could be right for me. Another school may be a great organization for somebody else, but I thought that this was right for me an my family. That's something Coach O'Brien always talks about - family, your organization, and then football.
"I liked the organization of the practices by Coach O'Brien and what he was saying to me. I love that he puts education first, he throws first to the tight ends, and he loves the physical guys. That's what we do here at Independence. They want everything done the right way instead of taking the shortcut.
"The offenses are similar how they use the tight ends, the two tight sets. It is a great fit for me right htere. I didn't want to go to the SEC because they don't throw to the tight end that much." -- Mario Carter
COACH QUOTE: "Mario is an explosive tight end, and an excellent athlete who can run with the ball after he catches it.
"He is very aggressive, a real competitor. He wants to win, and never wants to come off the field. He has room to grow (physically). We've tried him a little on defense, but he'll play tight end." -- Independence Head Coach Tommy Knotts -- (Charlotte Observer)
SCOUTING REPORT: "Mario is a very well-coached, athletic tight end with a world of potential. The Indepenence offense revolves around his ability to block on the edge and create a seam for the running backs. The back-breaking tight end screens are well suited to Carter's ability to make solid grabs and create some yards after the catch." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
Jr. Film: #87 TE Mario Carter -- Video 1 --
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Jr. Film: #87 TE Mario Carter -- Video 3 --
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