COVID-19 has had a huge impact on recruiting and for those players looking to impress and get noticed by college coaches at any level.
The spring and summer were supposed to be the time that these players would attend camps and team workouts with the hopes of making a positive impression that would hopefully lead to a scholarship offer.
A player that falls into this category is Garrett Carter from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete was scheduled to participate in camps and also make visits to places like Bowling Green, Yale, Harvard, Army, Syracuse and others. Of course none of that happened, which set back his recruiting.
Despite this, Carter received some good news on Thursday as he received a call from Pitt and they extended him an opportunity to join the Panthers as a PWO.
“They actually called me at the end of my practice today,” Carter told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I received a message from Coach [Tim] Salem, who told me to give him a call. I called him and he told me that I had earned an opportunity to play at Pitt. They had been watching me and have been on me for a while. He said that they’d like me to play on the offensive side of the ball at fullback instead of at linebacker where I normally play. He said that I have enough power and speed to play fullback and perform well for them.”
“When he told me that, honestly, I was just so pumped and excited. For a while now, I’ve been struggling with my recruiting because of the coronavirus and just trying to stay patient. That phone call yesterday really boosted my spirts and I’m just very grateful for it. I called my mom right away and she was pumped because she knew that I’ve been struggling. She’s always told me to stay patient and for me just to stick with things and keep working hard. She was right.”
Carter is a tough, athletic player that has always played linebacker and tight end. Hearing from Pitt, that they’d like him to play fullback would obviously be something new, but if he ends up accepting their offer, it’s something that he believes that he’s capable of doing and doing well.
Central Columbia's Garrett Carter is a player not enough people in the district are talking about, his highlights from last week's win over Lewisburg are pretty good https://t.co/KmpBJvbuOw
— Mitch Rupert (@Mitch_Rupert) September 15, 2020
“Because of my size and speed, I really believe I could do and play anywhere that they’d want me to play,” said Carter. “I’m versatile enough and am a hard worker so I’ll pick it up and get after it. Being from this area, I’m going to look into Henry Hynoski, who played fullback at Pitt. I’m going to really look into his game and how he did it and see what I can pick up.”
While being appreciative of the offer from Pitt, Carter plans on letting things play out before he makes his final decision.
“The biggest thing is I need to find a place that feels like home and a place that feels like a family,” he said. “Pitt is the first program to take a chance on me as far as D-1 and I’ll definitely take that into consideration.”