Strong and physical skill-position players with good size are hard to come by at the high school level. However, an athlete who does fit that description is bound to be looked at by colleges. Henrico’s Jahad Carter fits the mold, and he picked up a huge in-state offer from Virginia Tech because of it.
“I believe Jahad could potentially play in any conference,” said Henrico coach Gerald Glasco. “It is great that he has the opportunity so young to stay home in Virginia if he decided to go to VT. I’m confident that Jahad will excel wherever he goes.”
Virginia Tech extended the offer after seeing Carter at its satellite camp in Richmond. It was the second offer for the 6-2, 185-pound wide receiver/safety with Temple being his first.
Under the tutelage of Justin Fuente, the Hokies have made a concerted effort to ‘dominate the state’ by keeping the top Virginia blue chip prospects in the state. The rising junior has already attracted interest from several top tier programs outside the state, so Virginia Tech hopes its attention to Carter in the early running will pay dividends in the long run.
As a sophomore, Carter earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Region honors. The budding playmaker hasn’t even reached the tip of the iceberg yet in terms of his production on the field.
“Jahad is an outstanding talent,” Glasco said. “A rare blend of size and speed. I believe he can be a two-way player in college in the right program. Off the field he leads his teammates by example. Works hard and he wants to be the best period in the 2019 class. It’s my job to make sure he is.
“I’d like to see Jahad graduate with honors in school with an outstanding SAT score. And be the most dominant player ever in central Virginia.”
The talent is there. The offers are there with more coming. Now it’s just a question of how big Carter blows up in the recruiting game with his junior season ahead of him.