Checking in on Keenan Carter

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One of Virginia’s key signees last season, Fork Union defensive tackle Keenan Carter did not meet NCAA eligibility standards, and thus had to prep one year at Fork Union Military Academy.

Over the summer, Carter, who usually goes around 6-1 and 300 pounds, ballooned to around 390 before the start of the Fork Union semester. Well, nearly one year after originially signing with Virginia, the young man is turning things around both academically and athletically.

Over the Christmas break, Carter received his December SAT scores and, according to FUMA coach John Shuman, is well on his way to finally becoming a Cavalier.

“Keenan has gotten a great score from his December SAT’s – a great score,” said an excited John Shuman. “I tell you we feel very comfortable right now about Keenan [qualifying for NCAA eligibility]. Now we just have to get everything to the NCAA Clearinghouse, but I think everything will be fine.”

What must have been a long time coming, Carter was overjoyed upon receiving his much improved test score last week.

“As soon as he got them, he was ecstatic,” said Shuman. “Right after he got them, he called me to let me know. Yeah, he’s real excited about his test score.”

Throughout this entire process, Carter has never once wavered about his commitment to Virginia and looks forward to joining the Orange and Blue next season.

“Oh yeah, he’s still going to Virginia,” said Shuman. “Keenan’s been very committed to them since he got here.”

Upon arriving at Fork Union at 390 pounds, Carter worked hard to get his weight down. By last month, he had tipped the scale at 345 pounds.

The Cavaliers will need Carter at full strength to help plug the middle of the 3-4 defense, and Shuman believes that after this next semester, he will be all set for Division I football.

“I haven’t seen Keenan since he left for Christmas break, but they report tonight, and this weekend we begin lifting and running,” said Shuman. “We’ll get Keenan into shape. After this semester, he’ll be fine.

“I think he is going to shock a lot of people. There are a lot of doubters who think he has gained too much weight and is not going to be that good, but I tell you he’s going to be a player.”

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