As a junior last season, running back John Carter rushed for close to 300 yards on around 40 carries for Stonewall Jackson (Manassas, VA). Carter primarily played fullback and was the lead blocker for another talented back, Ryan Williams. Next season, the 5-9, 210-pound Carter will play for Osbourn High School and hopes to be the main man.
“I’m looking forward to a new start,” said Carter. “I think I’ll have a chance to run the ball more.”
Carter, who was limited his junior season due to tendonitis in one of his knees, feels healthy now. A starter on the varsity level for three years, he rushed for 638 yards on 64 carries and scored five touchdowns his sophomore season in 2005.
Carter is excited about the upcoming season with Osbourn and the opportunity to primarily play tailback, the position he played as a freshman on Stonewall Jackson’s varsity squad.
“I have good speed and power,” Carter said of his abilities as a tailback. He primarily played fullback his sophomore and junior seasons. He also started at middle linebacker on defense the last two seasons. “I ran in the 4.6s in the 40 at the Scout combine in Durham. I’m doing speed training with Coach [Shawn] Scales. He got my squat up to about 500 pounds and my 40 time has dropped.”
Position preference will not be a big factor for Carter as he decides on colleges.
“I like running the ball, but I do like making tackles, too,” Carter said. “I think I’d be a strong safety on defense because of my height. I don’t think I’m big enough to be a linebacker on the next level.”
Though he does not have any offers at this point, Carter has received some interest from several Division 1 programs.
“Rutgers is showing interest,” Carter said. “Virginia Tech, UVa and Ohio State have sent me stuff. I need to get my grades up a little higher. I have a 2.2 grade point average right now. I’m going to summer school to try and boost it up, though.
“A lot of these schools really want to see me in person. [UVa] Coach Poindexter and [VT] Coach Gray stopped by my school. Coach Poindexter has been through a lot. Coach Gray needs to see film on me.”
If he has the chance, Carter would like to stay in-state.
“I could leave the state, but I prefer the in-state schools,” Carter said. “I want to represent Virginia. I like both of the in-state schools very much.”
In terms of camps. Carter says he will attend...
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