Recruiting & Scouting

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Southfield LB Carterris Carter A Huge Piece To The Bluejay's Defense

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Southfield LB Carterris Carter A Huge Piece To The Bluejay's Defense

Southfield High (Mich.) has one of the best defenses in the state, only allowing 8.6 points per game to opponents, and even held two-time defending state champion Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech to 18 points back in August.

 Led by bookend defensive ends Malik McDowell (Michigan,Michigan State,Ohio State and Alabama offers), and Lawrence Marshall (Michigan), Southfield is off to a 7-1 start, and have their eyes set on a Division 2 state title.

Senior linebacker Carterris Carter is also apart of that stout Bluejay defense, and the 6-1, 185-pounder is having a good season of his own, with numerous tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

"It's been good so far," Carter said of his senior season. "It could have been better with us losing to Cass Tech and winning close games that shouldn't have been close in the first place. Plus the injuries I had this year."

Coming into the 2013 season, Southfield had a lot of hype built around their program, and despite their 7-1 record, there are still doubts about whether they can go all the way.

"Going forward we want to improve overall as a team," Carter said. "And show the state why we're one of the top ranked teams and continue on our six game journey."

Having two top ten players in the state on your team definitely helps your chances of going far in the state playoffs, and with offensive lines focusing a lot on stopping McDowell and Marshall, it makes Carter's and the rest of the linebacker core's job much easier.

"Easy isn't the word," Carter said with a laugh. "I love playing with them, and with teams targeting them so much, it's keeps the offensive lines off of me especially with my size. "But they are great players, and playing with those two infront of me makes it hard to get stats for myself because they're always on the play."

Carter is a bit undersized at the linebacker position weight wise, but can also play strong safety, and be that rover linebacker for a defense. Siena Heights is Carter's lone offer so far, but has heard from Western Michigan, Wayne State and Kalamazoo.

"I haven't really talked to them as much since the offer but they told my coach that they are really interested in me," Carter said about Siena Heights. "They want me to play a rover type safety for them."

"Western Michigan has shown a little interest in me, and they said they liked my size as far as playing a SS," Carter added. "They are waiting on my highlight tape that I finished this week."

Schools haven't been in a rush to offer Carter, but he says he continues to remain patient, and will wait until the end of January or mid February to make his college decision. Until then, Carter and his football family at Southfield have a goal of winning the school's first state title, and winning one with your biological family would be even better.

Carter's nephews, wide receiver RaQuan Carter, and junior running back Adrian Carter are also on the team, and are also major contributors.

"I love playing together with them," said Carter. "It's great to know that I have family playing around me, and seeing their success next to mine."