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    Jim McElwain is saying all of the right things this offseason but he knows he will ultimately be judged on the field. / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

Florida Gators take the
lead for Zachary Carter

Written by Andrew Spivey, July 23, 2015, 0 Comments,
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2017 defensive end Zachary Carter (6-4, 237, Tampa, FL Hillsborough) has been on the Florida Gators campus multiple times this summer including a daylong visit on Wednesday to Gainesville.

Wednesday was a chance for Carter to meet with all of the Gators’ coaches individually and it helped push Florida to the top of his list.

“Florida is my leader,” Carter said after the visit. “I love the atmosphere at Florida and the culture that the coaching staff has in the building. I grew up a fan and it’s not too far from home.”

Three coaches in particular had long talks with Carter on Wednesday, including Florida Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who had a message for the defensive end.

“I talked to Coach Mac [Jim McElwain], Coach Rumph and to Coach [Marquell] Blackwell,” he said. “Coach Rumph was telling me that he wants me to have a desire for the game so I’m coachable. He wants me to be a Gator real bad.”

Rumph has been recruiting Carter hard since this spring and he told Carter that he can play early at Florida if he works hard.

“He sees me on the outside at defensive end,” Carter said. “We have a good relationship and I’m pretty tight with him but I’m going to get even closer with him.”

Head Coach Jim McElwain usually takes a different approach when he sits down with prospects and that continued on Wednesday with the Tampa prospect.

“Coach Mac said he was excited about me being up there,” said Carter. “He wants me to be a Gator and he said that being a Gator takes care of you way beyond football.”

Carter doesn’t have any other planned visits this summer but plans to return to Gainesville this fall for a game.

 

INSIDERS TAKE: Florida has taken a good lead over Miami Hurricanes, Clemson Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats in Carter’s recruitment. The Gators will continue to recruit Carter hard in hopes for getting an early commitment from him.

 

Andrew Spivey

About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

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2017 defensive end Zachary Carter (6-4, 237, Tampa, FL Hillsborough) has been on the Florida Gators campus multiple times this summer including a daylong visit on Wednesday to Gainesville.

Wednesday was a chance for Carter to meet with all of the Gators’ coaches individually and it helped push Florida to the top of his list.

“Florida is my leader,” Carter said after the visit. “I love the atmosphere at Florida and the culture that the coaching staff has in the building. I grew up a fan and it’s not too far from home.”

Three coaches in particular had long talks with Carter on Wednesday, including Florida Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph, who had a message for the defensive end.

“I talked to Coach Mac [Jim McElwain], Coach Rumph and to Coach [Marquell] Blackwell,” he said. “Coach Rumph was telling me that he wants me to have a desire for the game so I’m coachable. He wants me to be a Gator real bad.”

Rumph has been recruiting Carter hard since this spring and he told Carter that he can play early at Florida if he works hard.

“He sees me on the outside at defensive end,” Carter said. “We have a good relationship and I’m pretty tight with him but I’m going to get even closer with him.”

Head Coach Jim McElwain usually takes a different approach when he sits down with prospects and that continued on Wednesday with the Tampa prospect.

“Coach Mac said he was excited about me being up there,” said Carter. “He wants me to be a Gator and he said that being a Gator takes care of you way beyond football.”

Carter doesn’t have any other planned visits this summer but plans to return to Gainesville this fall for a game.

 

INSIDERS TAKE: Florida has taken a good lead over Miami Hurricanes, Clemson Tigers and Kentucky Wildcats in Carter’s recruitment. The Gators will continue to recruit Carter hard in hopes for getting an early commitment from him.

 

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