Briar Woods (Ashburn, VA) head coach Charlie Pierce has been involved in coaching for over 20 years. Of junior athlete Alex Carter , the longtime coach said, “He is head and shoulders above any others in terms of being a true student athlete. On the field, he passes the eye-ball test. He was a junior captain. He is the whole package as far as what you’re looking for as far as a Division 1 college player.”
Carter, described by Pierce as a player with good size, speed, and versatility, started at cornerback his sophomore and junior seasons. He delivered in all three phases of the game this past season, playing a major role for the eventual Group AA, Division 4 state champion Falcons.
“He stepped up on both sides this year. He did a good job on offense as well as defense,” Pierce said of the 6-0, 185-pound Carter, whose father, Tom, played defensive back at Notre Dame and in the NFL. “He led the team in all-purpose yards and was second in scoring with 11 touchdowns. He had 48 receptions, averaging 14 yards per catch. I think he was fourth on the team in tackles and he had two interceptions. On special teams, he led the district in kick-off returns with a 39-yard average.”
Carter enjoyed a productive state championship game, catching a 77-yard touchdown reception and rushing for 38 yards on four carries as Briar Woods defeated Harrisonburg 41-21. Wide receiver could be his position on the next level, but defensive back certainly could be as well. Coach Pierce sees Carter as a likely safety on the college level.
“He has mainly been a corner the last two years, but when we play certain teams, we’ll play him at safety. Against Harrisonburg in the state championship, we played him at safety,” Pierce said. “I envision him, because of his size and ability to cover ground, to play more of a safety role in college. Next year, we’ll play him like that. He’ll be the strong safety or the free safety.”
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