Jul 1, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Lorenzo Carter runs the 40 yard dash during the SPARQ Rating National Championship at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon on Monday July, 1, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

5-Star DE Lorenzo Carter to Take Official Visit to LSU

LSU has received good news on the recruiting trail with the commitment of five-star outside linebacker Clifton Garrett on Tuesday and more good news is rolling in as five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga. Norcross) has scheduled an official visit to LSU.

Carter’s lone official visit thus far has been to the Florida Gators on Sept. 21 and will wrap up his officials in late January with the Georgia Bulldogs who may be the team to beat for the No. 12 player in 247Sports composite rankings. Carter is the top recruit in the Peach State.

LSU offered the 6-5, 232-pound weakside defensive end after his impressive workouts at The Opening in April. Carter ran a 4.6 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of an astonishing 40 inches at the elite high school camp.

The news that Carter will take an official visit to LSU comes somewhat as a bit of a surprise as this has been perceived as a three-team race between Florida, Alabama and Georgia. The reason why LSU has crept back into the race for Carter is in large part because of defensive line coach Brick Haley.

”They actually earned that official visit during their in-home visit. Coach Brick Haley, I have always liked him, but we never really got a chance to sit down and talk like we have recently. Coach (Les) Miles, I feel like it would be a great opportunity for me to go down there see their campus.”

Carter physically resembles former LSU defensive Barkevious Mingo because of their length, slight frame and freakish athletic ability off the edge. No doubt Haley, John Chavis and Miles will remind Carter that they turned the wiry Mingo into the No. 6 pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Georgia is the team to beat for the U.S. Army All-American invitee and getting his final official visit is usually indicative of a player’s leader, but this visit could make things interesting for one of the nation’s best pass-rushers.

Carter is planning on announcing his college choice on national signing day in February.

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