Class of 2011

Joseph Carter

PositionDE
Height6/5
Weight250
HometownJackson, SC
High schoolSilver Bluff

Joseph Carter, a defensive end from Chaffey (Calif.) Community College, confirmed to The World-Herald on Friday, Jan. 29 that he committed to the Huskers. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder became the 17th known member of the 2011 NU recruiting class.

Carter played at Silver Bluff (S.C.) High School under coach Al Lown, who has seen four of his players make it to the NFL level — receiver Troy Williamson, safety Corey Chavous, receiver D’Wayne Bates and linebacker Marcus Lawrence.

“He’s a tall, good-looking athlete," said Chaffey coach Carl Beach. "It took him a while to understand what the position was all about, but he became more aggressive in his pass rush.”

Carter, who was named to the All-Central Conference first team, finished the 2010 season with 22 total tackles, eight tackles for loss and one sack during eight games.

Rivals.com rates Carter as a three-star recruit, ranking him 29th overall among junior college prospects. Scout.com gave him three stars as well. Carter was named an All-American by the California Community College Football Coaches Association. He was also a member of the NJCAA Region V first team.

Carter was a junior college teammate of defensive back Daimion Stafford, who also pledged to NU for the 2011 class.

Our take: Nebraska needs someone to step into the starting spot at defensive end left vacant by the graduation of Pierre Allen. Reserves Josh Williams and Jason Ankrah earned some playing time last season but never enough to challenge Cameron Meredith at the other top end spot. Eric Martin was moved from linebacker for added depth there, too. So Carter could get a chance to contribute early. He plays well in space and uses his speed rush effectively, according to Beach. But at Nebraska, the scheme requires a lot from the defensive ends. Carter will have to grasp the position’s mental side to make an immediate impact.

Photo Credit: The Aiken (S.C.) Standard

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