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Penn State Working Hard to Land ‘No. 1 Defensive Line’ Target

Jarquez Carter.
Photo courtesy of Penn State defensive line target Jarquez Carter

Penn State won a huge recruiting battle to land four-star safety Daryus Dixson and hopes to have the same luck with another national recruit.

Like Dixson, four-star defensive tackle Jarquez Carter (Newberry, Fla.) took his official visit to Penn State this past weekend. Carter (6-foot-2, 265 pounds) is rated by Rivals as a Top 200 recruit and the No. 15 defensive tackle in the Class of 2025.

Considering his national rankings, it’s unsurprising that Carter has a long list of impressive offers, including Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas and USC.

The good news for Penn State is that the coaching staff was able to get Carter on campus for an official visit. The question now is whether he saw enough to pull the trigger and commit to the Nittany Lions over a competitive offer sheet, including his hometown Florida Gators.

Courtesy Jarquez Carter

Nittany Sports Now caught up with Carter following his visit to State College and found out he’s narrowed his list of offers down to two schools.

“This was my second time visiting Penn State, the first time was for the spring game,” said Carter. “This visit definitely made a big impression on me, especially since I was able to really sit down and talk to coach (Tom) Allen and coach (Deion) Barnes.

”We were also able to watch film, and they were able to find players on their defense that I play like and show how I would fit in and be a key piece in their defense.”

Carter told NSN that some of his strengths include being able to run stuffing and getting after opposing quarterbacks.

“With the way I’m able to get off the ball, it allows me to penetrate the backfield quickly and get to the quarterback,” Carter said. “At the same time, I’m also able to get to the running back to stuff him.”

The trip to State College was Carter’s second official visit, with the first being to Florida. Penn State has definitely been able to stand out so far.

”Something that stands out to me about Penn State is the way that they practice. I’ve never seen anyone practice as hard as they do,” said Carter. “They practice so physical. They started with O-line vs. D-line one-on-one. They get after it like no other team does.

”Academically, I really like their business department and that’s something I want to pursue. Them having a good football program and good business department is definitely a plus.”

With so many quality programs in pursuit of him, Carter is keeping a level head as he nears the end of his recruitment. He’s starting to get a pretty good idea of where he might want to go.

”To be honest with you, I already have my top two, top three schools,” said Carter. “I’m really going to separate them by listening to the coaches and seeing what system fits me the best. I take notes on this and whatever school has more good than bad, that’s who I’m going to decide on. My top two schools, I couldn’t go wrong with either of them, so I’ll see which one I’m more comfortable at.”

The follow-up question is obvious: who are Carter’s top two schools?

”I’m going to keep that to myself right now, but I’ll probably commit in like three or four weeks.”

Jarquez Carter

Penn State is obviously hoping that they’ll be the choice on decision day. Since it’s likely the last time the he will see him before Carter decides, James Franklin had one final recruiting pitch at the end of his official visit.

”He was telling me that everything they do fits my style of play,” Carter said. “He told me that I’m the No. 1 defensive lineman they want and that he feels Penn State would help him become a better player and person. Coach also believes I’m a player that could come in and contribute from the start.”

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