Jermaine Carter liked the idea of playing with other Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) grads at Maryland, and staying close to home was a bonus, too. But his decision to commit to the Terps boiled down primarily to one reason.
"The defense that they run, I'm kind of familiar with it," Carter said. "My team runs a similar defense. … It's a 3-4."
Carter played the MIKE linebacker spot for Friendship Collegiate, calling the plays and making "the audibles if needed." The future Terp relished his role as a defensive leader for the D.C. Statewide Athletic Association champions.
"I feel like I performed very well in the defense," he said. "I won't have to adjust as much to the [Maryland] defense. It's some of the same things."
Carter, like most D.C.-area prospects, is close with Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. But he has also developed a solid relationship with his future defensive coordinator, Brian Stewart.
"He got to coach some greats [as an assistant with the Dallas Cowboys] like DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer," Carter said. "He got to coach a lot of good players."
Here's an introduction to Carter:
Name: Jermaine Carter
Birthdate: Jan. 14, 1995
Birthplace: Washington. D.C.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.)
Senior statistics: 90 tackles, three sacks, seven forced fumbles, one interception, one INT returned for a touchdown. 300 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns.
Rankings: Rivals.com – Three-star prospect, No. 4 player in D.C. Scout.com – Two-star prospect. ESPN.com – Three-star prospect, No. 7 player in D.C., No. 97 outside linebacker, 75 rating. 247Sports.com – Three-star prospect, No. 7 player in D.C., No. 85 outside linebacker, 84 rating.
Bench max: 365
40-yard dash: 4.7
Runner-up school: "I'm really not sure."
Other schools considered: Colorado, Old Dominion, Temple
Favorite NFL player: Sean Taylor
Favorite NFL team: Washington Redskins
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite movie: The "Friday" series
Favorite book: Beowulf
Favorite TV show: "The Wayans Brothers"
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Pre-calculus
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: "I like to work out, play basketball [and] I like math."
Intended major: "Undecided but thinking kinesiology."
Something that not many people know about you: "That I'm a good basketball player."
Best football moment: "This past season when we won the championship."
Role model: "My role model is my dad because he's always there for me and he supports me 100 percent at whatever I want to do."
Why Maryland? "It felt like it was the right fit for me. They ran the scheme that I like and it's close to home."