Despite being recruited as a linebacker by Syracuse, Devan Carter is still the primary offensive weapon for Brighton High School. In his recent game against Eastridge, he only played one down on the defensive side of the ball. CuseNation.com was there to see all the action and see whether he projects as a running back to the college game.
Carter is a patient runner who looks for the proper hole. He has decent footwork in a crowd, and can be tough to take down. Carter often takes the proper angles during his runs and executes the play well. He is a smart player who understands the designs of his plays and looks to carry them out as planned.
His instincts as a runner are solid, often feeling out a small crease to gain a couple of yards. Despite not being given a lot of running room against Eastridge, he was able to push the pile forward on a few occasions. Carter has strong athleticism, which is clear when he's carrying the ball.
Carter does not possess elite speed. He appears to be a slow runner on film when compared to other division one backs. His elusiveness in space is below average, and he does not have a knack of making defenders miss. While Carter does possess quick feet in the hole, he does not have an explosive burst through the line.
On his longest run of the Eastridge game, he fumbled on a hit that did not appear to be anything other than an ordinary tackle. On a couple of other runs, Carter nearly lost control of the ball. Ball security is bit of a concern.
Running between the tackles does not appear to be a strong suit. He seems more comfortable off tackle or outside runs. Between the tackles, he is a bit tentative and slow to hit the hole. Part of that was due to a lack of running room given by his offensive line, however.
Based on the film, Carter does not appear to project to a starting running back at the FBS college level. He could be a decent backup or third string back, but moving him to linebacker is probably the best option for his college career. The move gives him very good speed for the position, and allows him to use his athleticism in a more productive way.
Video highlights from his matchup with Eastridge are below. Carter wore #24 in blue.
Devan Carter is a two-way player for Brighton High School in Rochester (NY). While the Syracuse commit was recruited as a linebacker at the next level, there has been some question as to whether he should get a shot at running back. CuseNation.com was at his recent game against Eastridge, and broke down his ability as a runner.