Chris Carter Brings the Heat on Brother Rice's Defense this Fall |
Coach Al Frascassa has been coaching at Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice for 45 years, longer than most of his players parents have been living. Fracassa has led the Warriors to eight state titles, including two in row in 2011 and 2012. In order to accomplish feats like that, as Fracassa has proven, you need strong coaching top to bottom, but you also need the kind of prospects who can be turned into great players. Brother Rice has had both, and in order for them to three-peat, someone will have to step up and provide that leadership in 2013.
Senior defensive back Chris Carter will likely be that player, leading as a captain on Brother Rice's trademark defense. The 5-10, 190-pound Carter started on last year's team, recording an impressive 103 tackles, one interception, and five pass deflections. With the departure of linebacker Jon Reschke to Michigan State, look for Carter to lead the way on defense in 2013.
"It's a crazy feeling to be honest it's a blessing definitely, and something I'll never forget," said Carter on winning two straight Division 2 state titles. "We have the players to win it again, but nothing will be handed to us. It's a lot of good teams in our division this year."
Along with winning on the field with Brother Rice, Carter is winning off the field as well. His play on the field has caught the eye of several college coaches, which have turned into collegiate offers.
"Butler, Ferris State, Findlay (OH.), Notre Dame College, and Siena Heights have all offered me," he said. "I've also heard from Buffalo, Northern Illinois and a little bit from Ball State."
The recruitment process wasn't always smooth for Carter. Most strong recruits begin receiving their first offer during their sophomore or junior years. Carter didn't receive his first offer until after his junior season was over.
"When I got my first one back in may I was happy but I still felt like I had proven myself to receive more and possibly bigger schools", he said. "When the offers I thought I was going to get at the beginning of June didn't happen, I was upset but I realized that I couldn't really control that, I just had to ball out on the field. It was stressful at times, but it's gotten better as of late," he explained.
Carter says he plans to make his college decision in late August, to early September in order to focus on his senior season. He wants to major in Sports Management in college, and hopes to become a sports agent after football, so education will be a big factor where he decided to play college football.
And while college is still a year away for Carter, he and his Brother Rice teammates still have a chapter to write in their high school careers. Fall camp starts on August 12 for the Warriors, and they have the opportunity to make history with another state title win in what will be Coach Fracassa's final year under the helm.
"It means a lot to me to have played for Coach Fracassa, especially since I'm a captain," Carter said. "Coach has taught me a lot. He always tells me do it better than it's ever been done before and I've taken that attitude into every aspect of my life, on and off the field. I felt like Brother Rice gave me a better chance (both) in the classroom and on the field, unlike other schools. I liked the history and tradition they had, and I wanted to play for Coach Fracassa."
Brother Rice will open the season against Cleveland St. Ignatius, in the Prep Kickoff Classic at Wayne State August 31.Tweet