All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. Here is a profile of freshman linebacker Abdul Carter.
Weight: 235 pounds
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Before Penn State: Carter will begin his college football career after four years at La Salle College High School.
Carter received all-state honors twice and helped his team to a 9-2 record and Philadelphia Catholic League championship in 2021.
He finished his senior season with 78 tackles, two sacks, 10 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
247Sports, On3, Rivals and ESPN all had Carter as a four-star recruit, and three of the four sites had him as a top 10 prospect in Pennsylvania (ESPN ranked him 11th).
Carter committed to Penn State on the last day of last July, choosing coach James Franklin’s program over South Carolina and Ole Miss.
Where he stands: It’s highly unlikely that Carter will start Week 1 being so young. But don’t be surprised if the true freshman gets a decent amount of playing time.
Outside of Curtis Jacobs, Penn State’s linebacking corps is unproven, with Jacobs being the only returning starter from 2021.
Carter is capable of being a pass rusher or playing sideline to sideline, so he can fill multiple roles for Manny Diaz’s defense.
Carter might not become a star in 2022, but he certainly could have chances to prove himself.
A quote about Carter:
After taking the Penn State job days before early signing day in December, Carter’s film was the first tape Manny Diaz watched.
“After about four plays,” Diaz told Carter on early signing day, “I said, ‘heck yeah.’ This is exactly why I came to coach linebackers and defense at Penn State.”