Carter Enjoying the Experience
After snagging two of the top recruits in the state of Illinois for the class of 2009, QB Jon Budmayr and WR Kraig Appleton, the Wisconsin Badgers look to continue their success in Illinois, this time on the defensive side of the ball, with the recruitment of DE Chance Carter (Wilmette, IL) Loyola Academy. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior defensive end led his team to an 11-3 record and was selected as an all-state performer by the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association. Carter was the only junior to make the team in the 8A classification, the largest in Illinois. Carter's recruitment is far ahead of many other recruits at this point. He has recently narrowed his list of suitors to three, Stanford, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. Carter sees a number of things that stick out about these schools. "Definitely the academics, coaching staffs, the campus lives, and the support for the teams." However, there is a reason that this junior has progressed in his recruitment so quickly. "I have thought about graduating early," he said. "That is really why I am so advanced right now," Carter said. "I will be the first one from my school to graduate early." Co-linebacker coach and recruiting coordinator Randall McCray is handling the recruitment of Carter for the Badgers and the Badgers coaching staff has definitely made an impression on Chance. "Coach McCray always makes his presence felt," Carter said. "They were the first people to come to my school when they could, in December. They were always the first ones there. They are very friendly. They really show their interest, more than any other school, by being the first to do everything." Even though Carter isn't from the state of Wisconsin, the Badgers have a solid reputation in his area. "Living on the North Shore, I know a lot of kids that have gone to Wisconsin and really like it," he said. "Especially in the North Shore area where I live, it is very influential." Before making a decision in the coming months, Carter is going to be checking out something a little further from home. He is visiting Stanford unofficially beginning on February 26. "I'm going to take it all in," Carter said of his visit to Stanford. "This is going to be my only time going out there before I make my decision. I'm going to try to take in everything I can. Take in the academics, a spring practice, support for the team, go see a basketball game, and really get to sit down with the coaches and talk football and things other than football." One other trip that Carter has planned this spring is for March 7, when he will visit the Badgers for their junior day. A decision could follow a few weeks afterwards.