Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney should be taking notes on Ed Orgeron‘s recruiting (and winning) abilities. Despite losing nearly his whole coaching staff after last year, the LSU head coach is showing why he’s the man in the Bayou.
LSU already landed a commitment from the beastly four-star 6-foot-6, 240-pound Landon Jackson in late April. They’re in the running for some major blue-chip prospects like No. 1 quarterback Caleb Williams, five-star defensive end Dylan Brooks and four-star linebacker Kendrick Blackshire, who at 250 pounds already looks like a body builder.
Coach O did it again, picking up another highly-touted 2021 recruit to kick off the month of May for Louisiana State University.
4-Star DE Zavier Carter Commits to LSU
Four-star defensive end Zavier Carter committed to the LSU Tigers on May 1, marking yet another big addition on the defensive side of the ball for LSU. Carter, rated the No. 15 outside linebacker and No. 202 overall recruit in the nation by 247Sports, is expected to transition to DE.
The 6-foot-4 Carter hails from Hapeville Charter High School (Atlanta, Ga.), the same school that Orgeron plucked former LSU defensive end Arden Key from. As many Tigers fans remember, Key wound up being a two-time First-Team All-SEC defensive end.
Hapeville Charter head coach Winston Gordon compared Carter to the versatile, former Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons, who was a first-rounder in the 2020 NFL Draft.
“I think you’re getting a highly motivated kid that I think his ceiling hasn’t even touched the ceiling yet with his skill set and some of the things he can do,” Gordon told Rivals. “And you’re getting a great person.”
Unsurprisingly, LSU fought off competition from other schools to win over the lengthy defender.
Carter fielded more than 25 offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. The allure of LSU’s championship culture and history of sending defensive players to the NFL Draft was ultimately too good to pass on.
Carter is the second big addition for Orgeron in the same week. He added four-star defensive end Landon Jackson to LSU’s 2021 recruiting class, which already includes five-star linebacker Raesjon Davis and a pair of four-star wide receivers in JoJo Earle and Deion Smith.
Zavier Carter Highlights
After that video above, I have one message for future SEC running backs and quarterbacks: get the heck off the tracks when the train is coming through. Sheesh.
Besides Carter’s hard-hitting abilities, his athleticism and long frame are what’s appealing to NCAA coaches. The only knock on the high schooler is that he weighs in at just under 200 pounds and will need to put on weight to play in a conference like the SEC.
In his junior season, Carter tallied four sacks and 41 tackles. He improved on a sophomore campaign in which he totaled three sacks and 24 tackles in seven games, according to MaxPreps. Carter plays outside linebacker put profiles as more of a defensive end at the next level.
How athletic is Carter? Just watch the tall defender show off his wide receiver skills:
According to 247Sports‘ evaluation, Carter has the potential to become a late-round draft pick:
“Long but skinny athlete that plays out of position in high school and will need to show the capacity for weight gain. Plays defensive end but is a standup pass rusher or more likely an off-ball linebacker at the next level. Uses hands effectively to maximize length and keep blockers off his body. Good reactive quickness. Slippery as a pass rusher. Good motor in pursuit. Ability to bend the edge.”
LSU football landed a good one in Zavier Carter. If he fills out like he should in Baton Rouge, he could become a household name in the college football scene.