"It was a good situation for him, being able to commit early," Smith said. "It took some pressure off him, football-wise and academically, and he's done real well in both areas."
Carter played quarterback for Havelock, scoring 13 touchdowns last season, with 700 passing yards and 850 yards on the ground. Smith said he believes the UNC staff could possibly play Carter at defensive back or linebacker, as his frame would easily hold up to 235-240 pounds. Even though Carter projects to the defensive side of the ball in college, Smith played his star at quarterback for his talent and ability to create on the field.
"He's so versatile," Smith said. "He's always had the potential for the big play. That's kind of what we did – we set up our offense around him. It was fun to coach him because we were never out of it as long as he was able to get his hands on the ball."
With the early commitment, Carter was able to focus on football and grades, and in doing so, has positioned himself to report for the second session of summer school on June 22.
"He's right on the verge of qualifying," Smith said. "He's got one core class this semester. He made two A's and two B's this last semester, so we feel pretty comfortable that everything is going to turn out pretty well."