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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Briar Woods WR/DB Alex Carter lands six Division I offers

By Matt Brooks

Junior wide receiver and defensive back Alex Carter, a dynamic two-way athlete who's big plays helped spark Briar Woods to its first state championship in December, is starting to pile up offers from major Division I football programs.

Last February the 6-foot, 185-pound Carter picked up his first offer from Boston College, and during the course of the season interest spiked up considerably as offers came in from Stanford, Duke and Virginia. Three weeks ago Virginia Tech joined the mix and last week Carter added Kansas State to his growing list of suitors. Briar Woods head coach Charlie Pierce said he's recently been in contact with both Tennessee and Notre Dame and he expects several more formal offers to come soon.


Alex Carter is starting to pile up Division I offers. (Richard A. Lipski/For The Washington Post)

"They're going to be pulling their hair out trying to decide what side of the ball to put him on," Pierce said. "He's just so versatile. He could be a tremendously valuable player at either receiver or defensive back."

Carter - whose father, Tom Carter, played defensive back for the Washington Redskins from 1993-96 - led the Falcons with 985 all-purpose yards on the season and totaled 11 touchdowns, including two on kickoff returns. He averaged 15.6 yards per catch on a team-high 48 receptions and carried for 235 yards on 50 carries. Defensively, Carter tallied 50 tackles and two interceptions to earn second team all-Dulles District honors on both sides of the ball.

But it was during the Falcons' state title run where his playmaking ability proved vital. In a Region II Division 4 semifinal matchup with Liberty, Carter took a reversed field to turn a short completion into a 65-yard touchdown that proved to be the game winner. In the state semifinals, Carter returned an interception 38 yards for a score to cap a blowout win over Courtland and in the state title game against Harrisonburg, it was Carter's 77-yard catch and run for a touchdown that lifted the Falcons from a 14-0 hole and sparked their come-from-behind victory.

"When it came time for big plays to be made, he had a knack to make it happen," Pierce said. "He just comes up with those big plays at opportune times to help the team out."

Fellow Briar Woods junior Justin Baker, a 6-foot 240-pound lineman who held his own against Harrisonburg's 6-foot-5, 320-pound Landon Turner (North Carolina), is also starting to draw interest and recently visited Richmond.

Senior second-team All-Met WR/DB Scott Rolin is mulling offers from Marist and Glenville State, senior LB DeVontae O'Bannion has an offer from St. Augustine's (NC) and senior RB Michael Brownlee has started to draw more attention from area schools in recent weeks.

By Matt Brooks  | February 25, 2011; 12:20 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Carter, Boston College, Briar Woods, Duke, Kansas State , Notre Dame, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech  | Tags:  Alex Carter, Boston College, Briar Woods, Duke, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech  
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