After his top two quarterbacks were injured late in the season, Gaithersburg Coach Kreg Kephart had no choice but to insert young Kamonte Carter under center last fall. The trial by fire for Carter lasted just two games, partly because Kephart needed his prized sophomore at other positions around the field.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Carter can play in the backfield, in the slot or at quarterback; he will be one of Montgomery County’s best linebacker prospects next season, although he may also see time at defensive end. It’s exactly that type of versatility that schools have been targeting in Carter, who said he holds offers from North Carolina State, East Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, Penn State. The latest, Nebraska, materialized just last week.
“I know there’s a big past history of winning and it’s a big name school out there,” said Carter of the Cornhuskers.
He visited East Carolina two weeks ago, and plans to go back South soon to see North Carolina and N.C. State for unofficial visits. Over the past year, he has watched teammate Solomon Vault make the jump as an underclassmen with legitimate upside to become a star recruit out of Maryland; Carter might already be both. The question is where he will play. College coaches have been scouting him on both sides of the ball, looking at Carter as an “athlete” more than at any one specific position.
His father, Aaron Carter, is the defensive coordinator at Gaithersburg, which finished 3-7 last fall. Vault was one of the lone bright spots on a club riddled by injury, and the defense is looking to make strides after giving up 30 or more points in five games. Carter’s development should go a long way in the 4-3 scheme, as should the relationship between father and son on the field.
“It’s a dream come true,” Kamonte Carter said of playing for his father. “I know he’s going to push me but at the same time, I know it’s all there, and love and family at the end of the day. We’re all still family.”
His offensive position hasn’t been set yet, but Carter could figure in anywhere. He can run the ball (rushed for 40 yards at quarterback against Clarksburg), throw (127 yards and one touchdown against Northwest), and Kephart also has the option of playing him at receiver or tight end.
“Honestly, I believe we have a great chance of going to states next year,” Carter said. “We have a lot of key people coming back, 15 returning (starters), so I really believe we have the chance to be up with there with the best of them next year.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 51
The number of singles matches Gonzaga’s Anton Zykov played in four years at the school, winning them all. He won his fourth straight WCAC No. 1 singles crown Wednesday at the league finals in Olney, beating Paul VI’s James Howanitz 10-1. Gonzaga swept all six singles matches and three doubles matches to win its fourth consecutive title.
— O’Connell basketball star Junior Etou committed to Rutgers Wednesday, reuniting the forward with his former AAU coach Eddie Jordan.
— The NCAA’s Board of Directors will meet in Indianapolis this morning to reconsider legislation on communication between coaches and recruits, an issue that has intensified over recent weeks.
— After ruminating all day about her opponent, Westfield girls’ lacrosse player Molly O’Sullivan turned in a dominant performance in the ninth-ranked Bulldogs’ victory over Centreville Wednesday night.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Boys’ Soccer: No. 8 T.C. Williams at No. 6 W.T. Woodson, 7 p.m.
Tonight’s matchup between the Titans (8-2-2, 3-0-1) and Cavaliers (8-2-2, 4-1) could be the pivotal game in a AAA Patriot District race that has been essentially whittled down to three teams heading into the last week of the regular season. W.T. Woodson is arguably the hotter team, having scored nine goals in its last two games.