Carter (right) during his visit to Florida in June, pictured with his cousin. (Photo from Carter's Twitter)

While at The Opening during the first week of July, Norcross (Ga.) five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter surprised the recruiting world when he named Florida his No. 1 school.

Up until that point, the Under Armour All-American had for months called Alabama and Georgia his co-leaders, with other schools seemingly on the outside looking in.

But that all changed when he visited Gainesville on June 14 with his parents. Will Muschamp rolled out the red carpet for Carter and his family, and new defensive line coach Brad Lawing made a huge impression on the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder with the way he rotates his pass rushers.

And despite attending UGA’s Dawg Night last Friday, Florida remains in front for him.

“I’m just comfortable with the Gators,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a video interview this week. “We had a great visit there. They’re still up there (at No. 1). I talk to coach Muschamp all the time, and coach Lawing is a great coach.”

Although UF’s sudden surge to the top caught most media and fans off guard, Carter revealed that he’s had his eye on the Gators for a while.

“I’ve always looked at Florida,” he told the AJC. “Carlos Dunlap is my favorite player of all-time. So growing up looking at Florida, it’s just a dream school for me.”

Carter plans to release six finalists by the end of the summer and make his decision on signing day.

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