Nigel Carter torched defenses last fall for Tulsa McLain. Now readying for his senior season with the Titans, the 6-foot-3 wide receiver has one goal in mind.
“I just want a ring,” he said. “I want to go deep in the playoffs.”
McLain's star wide receiver isn't interested in talking stats, even though he had 31 receptions last season, averaging more than 20 yards per catch and scoring nine touchdowns. He's focused on team success.
In 2012, the Titans went 7-3 and 4-3 in District 4A-3 but missed out on the playoffs on a tiebreaker with Catoosa, who they lost to head-to-head in Week 6.
Carter, who is No. 23 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for the Class of 2014, said speed and strength are the two things he is working on most this offseason. After verbally committing to University of Tulsa last spring, Carter knew his 185-pound frame wasn't going to cut it in Division I.
“I just work on speed and strength every day,” Carter said. “Agilities too, I do a lot of ladders and bleachers and cone drills.”
Carter also knows the defenses are going to prepare for him much more than last year. He said that they will expect him to go long every play, which is as good a reason as any for the senior to work on his route running.
McLain head coach Jarvis Payne Sr. said Carter has made tremendous improvements in route running and is one of the best athletes the state will see this year.
“His upside is unreached. He is an exceptional kid,” Payne said. He added that Carter has become more polished since his junior season and said he couldn't think of anything negative to say about his star.
“He's really setting the stage for our school,” Payne said about Carter committing to Tulsa. “He's worked hard. He deserves this.”
Carter said the visit to Tulsa's campus last fall sold him. He said the environment of the campus as well as the coaching staff and the fact that Tulsa has been winning lately made his decision pretty easy.
Carter knows he has to work on strength and speed to succeed with the Golden Hurricane.
But as for this season, he has been doing extra work after workouts and practicing with his quarterback on routes.
Carter hopes that extra effort will go a long way toward helping his team obtain its goals this season.
No. 23: Nigel Carter
School: Tulsa McLain
Position: Wide receiver
Committed to: Tulsa