2014 Virginia Signee: Darrious Carter

Darrious Carter
Position: DE

Hometown (School): Indiana, PA (Indiana Senior)
Height/Weight: 6'5" 200 lbs
Committed to Virginia: 12/22/13
Lead Recruiter: Mike London

Darrious Carter was a Temple commit before getting some attention from the Hoos. Once Mike London started recruiting him, he got interested quickly. He took an official visit, and committed soon after.

The Hoos are recruiting Carter as a DE, but he could also play WR. His size would make him a very interesting WR. As a DE, he is a playmaker, but he's far too skinny and weak at this point. He is quick, but doesn't have the same burst that, say Eli Harold has. (Obviously, not many DEs do.)

His senior year video is here:

http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1727953/highlights/115716378?autoplay=1

I am, admittedly, underwhelmed by his video. He rarely makes "wow" plays in what is essentially a highlight reel. He is often much bigger than the person blocking him, and is able to push them back with ease. His quickness is evident, which is what earned him the scholarship offer. If he can keep that quickness and develop his body, he has some potential. He'll need to be coached up quite a bit.

So, Carter will spend a year in the weight room, working on his body. Once that happens, it will be determined where Carter best fits. He could end up at DE or OLB on defense, or he could end up at WR or TE on offense.

Personally, I think I like him better on offense, because of his size. As a DE, he'd need to be a situational pass rusher, because he'll never be big enough to be an asset against the run. He could be good in that role if he develops some pass rush moves.

As a WR, he has the ball skills and size to be a very good possession receiver. Over the years, the Hoos have played some very big guys at that position, but right now they don't really have anybody. Carter could fit well there.

Link to VirginiaSports.com ProfileVSTV.com Video

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