August 18, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Antoine Carter Jr.

Antoine Carter Jr. is a 5’9” 165lbs three-star junior 2nd team all-district linebacker from West St. John High School in Edgar, Louisiana. Carter finished his junior year with 42 tackles, four pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and a touchdown. Carter is the 10th ranked linebacker in his 2020 class in the state of Louisiana. Carter tested a 7/10 in speed and an 8/10 in agility.

How long have you been playing football and what do you love about football?

I started playing organized football when I was nine years old, I started playing organized football again when I was in the 11th grade. Football gives a chance to prove myself and show everyone what I am capable of when I put my mind to it. That is the main thing I love about football.

What are some life lessons you have learned from playing football?

Football has taught how to never be selfish and always communicate with people. Football has really taught me about having a next man up mentality and stepping up when others go down. Football has also taught me about helping others when they are down.

What kind of football player are you?

I am a go-getter, basically wherever the ball is I am going to go and get it.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My biggest football influence is my father because he played football at Southern and he pushes me to be the best that I can be. Another influence is my coach Tyler Lewis he is one of the guys who has been around for a while and he always makes sure that I am at practice and watching film. My mother is another influence because she always pushes me to be the best at everything I attempt to do outside of football.

Are there any football players you try to model yourself after?

When I was younger I would try to model myself after Tyrann Mathieu, but because he is a safety and I play linebacker I have most recently modeled myself after a linebacker from Oklahoma Curtis Bolton. He wears the same number as I do and I try to model my game after his.

Do you play any other sports or have any hobbies?

I throw the javelin and when I am not at home chilling I am hanging out with my friends and playing videogames.

What made you decide to play linebacker?

In middle school I played safety, but when I got to highschool my coach moved me to linebacker since I wasn’t much of a coverage guy. I have stuck with the position since my coach saw that I am much better at linebacker.

What is your greatest strength on the football field?

Being a leader by helping my teammates and making sure everyone is where they are needed to be so that we can make a play on defense.

What is a part of your game that you are trying to improve?

I want to improve on my film study and my coverage because I missed three interceptions so I want to improve on that.

What are your goals for your senior year?

The big goal is to win the state championship because we fell short of that goal my sophomore year and be an all-state player.