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Lorenzo Carter's parents now know what it's like to be family members of an uncommitted recruit less than two weeks away from signing day.
Carter, a four-star defensive end recruit according to Rivals, is the No. 3 defensive end in the country and the No. 4 overall recruit in the state of Georgia. He has offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia and LSU, among others. With National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5, time is running out for the schools at the top of his list to make their final pushes for Carter's commitment.
Both Florida and Florida State are near the top of his list. That's why the Sunshine State schools were the ones, pardon the pun, putting on the simultaneous full-court pressure at Carter's basketball game Tuesday night.
At the game, Florida assistant coach Joker Phillips was sitting to the right of Carter's parents while Florida State's new defensive coordinator Charles Kelly was to the left.
That was pretty funny; It was a little awkward at first, but then you just relax,” Carter’s mother, Lisa, told the AJC. “They’re people, we’re people, and you just have normal conversation. It will all work out how it supposed to in the end. But they are good people at Florida and Florida State. Both sides have great coaches. I enjoy talking to both of them. They have funny stories.”
The "hand-to-hand combat" (recruiters' term for simultaneous recruiting) didn't end there, either. After the game, both Phillips and Kelly gave Carter their best pitches in the presence of each other. We're guessing that a certain game from Jan. 6 came up in Kelly's talk.
But the scene at the game is just a part of the recruiting frenzy that can envelop a sought-after recruit in the days before signing day. After meeting with LSU's Les Miles the day after the game, Carter made an official visit to Florida State over the weekend. He is also scheduled to meet with Georgia's Mark Richt at home on Monday and Florida's Will Muschamp on Thursday.
Who will sway Carter the most? We'll find out in nine days.
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