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Richt on Carter: 'He's a great kid'

ATHENS, Ga. -- Mark Richt was so nervous that he couldn't watch.

"When I don't know, I don't like to watch it," Richt said. "(I heard) a lot of screeching and screaming. I assumed it was Lorenzo saying, 'Yes.'"

Five-star Norcross (Ga.) High School defensive prospect Lorenzo Carter made sure to keep people wondering until his announcement on Wednesday afternoon. That included UGA's coaches, who did not know for sure that Carter, while expected to sign with the Bulldogs, actually would.

"I didn't know what he was going to do until he did it," Richt said. "So that was good. I just was hopeful. I really didn't know."

In committing and signing with Georgia, Carter became the 21st -- and likely the final -- member of the Bulldogs' 2014 signing class.

According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Carter is the highest-rated member of that class, 18th nationally overall.

Richt said Carter is being looked at as a "slash" player, meaning his role will be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker rush role similar to what has been played lately by Bulldogs like Jarvis Jones, Jordan Jenkins and Leonard Floyd.

"His body type is more like Leonard Floyd," Richt said of Carter. "He's long, tall, very long arms. Really, he's not nearly as thick as Jordan Jenkins. But he's definitely got a lot of speed off the edge. He's a great kid, a great student, just a great person. Their family is unbelievable.

"He's the kind of guy that could wind up being a captain for you one day. I would expect him to be a leader in his class, but it won't be long before he takes a leadership role on the team here in the next couple of years."

While Carter was recruited heavily by the previous defensive staff, he credited new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt for his decision to sign with UGA.

Richt said new defensive line coach Tracy Rocker played a key role as well in that Rocker is planning to coach four positions rather than three, which is what his predecessor Chris Wilson had been doing. That fourth position would be the "Will linebacker" role that Carter is likely to play.

"Rocker was able to help him understand that's kind of what Rock has been doing," Richt said. "He coaches four down-linemen."

As far as the ways in which Carter will rush, much of that could be up to him.

"If he's more comfortable rushing with his hand on the ground, we'll do that," Richt said. "If he's more comfortable staying in a two-point stance, like Jarvis liked to be in a two-point stance. ... But Jeremy, he kind of wants them to be in the position they like the most."


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