Norcross (Ga.) defensive end Lorenzo Carter will make his first of five official visits on Sept. 21 when Florida plays host to Tennessee.
Schools that get the first official visit are often put at a disadvantage because others can make an impression later on in the recruiting process when the stakes are higher.
The Gators, however, shouldn’t have those worries with Carter.
“Florida is the first school I wanted to go see,” he said. “I’m just ready to get (official visits) rolling, and they have a chance to set the bar high. Plus, I’ll probably go back down there for another unofficial after my season.”
Carter visited Gainesville in the summer with his parents and named UF his leader — and dream school — in July.
“We had a great time when we went down there,” he said of the June 14 trip. “I was excited to see how they’re going to use me and just what they do right now with the position I’m being recruited for (Buck). The staff does a great job with the way they coach.”
The Under Armour All-American is particularly high on Will Muschamp because of his coaching background.
“Coach Muschamp is great,” he said. “I love how he coaches. He’s a defensive-minded head coach, and that’s what I want to play for.”
Carter is also getting daily endorsements on him from one of his former players. Norcross defensive backs coach Reggie Cockerm played under Muschamp at Valdosta State in 2000 when he served one year as defensive coordinator.
“He tells me every day that coach Muschamp is a great guy,” Carter said of Cockerm. “At first he was pushing me toward Florida State, but now he’s pushing me hard for Florida. I guess something changed in his eyes.
“He always talks about coach Muschamp’s excitement for the game. He told me I better be ready for him to bring it every day in practice.”
Cockerm’s familiarity with Muschamp has been beneficial for the five-star prospect.
“He’s one of my high school coaches,” Carter said. “He doesn’t work for a college. He’s looking out for my best interest. He played for him, so he tells how he is. He’s not saying stuff to get me down there, he just really thinks highly of coach Muschamp.”
For his upcoming visit, Carter is looking forward to experiencing the gameday atmosphere of The Swamp and learning more about the academics at UF.
“I want to know how they work with the student athletes and the resources they have for them,” he said. “I want to major in engineering, and that’s going to be tough, so it’s important for me to see how they plan on making it work.”
The 6-foot-5, 234-pounder plans to make his decision on signing day and has a Top 7 of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon and Florida State.
Carter feels the Gators are close to contending for championships.
“They’re trying to win the SEC and a national title,” he said. “They were knocking on the door last year. If I went there, I feel like I could have a chance to impact them and kick down that door.”