Welcome to the early signing period for the 2022 recruiting class here at Roar Lions Roar. Make sure to check out all of our other coverage today and in the coming days, and make sure to check out each profile of the newest Nittany Lions as they sign their letters of intent. (All photos you see below are courtesy of 247Sports)
James Franklin's domination of Pennsylvania in the 2022 Class is further established with the signing of La Salle College star Abdul Carter.
|Height/Weight: 6'4/235 lbs.|
|High School: La Salle College (Glenside, PA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★★(0.9002)|
|Positional Rank: No. 293 Overall, No. 29 Linebacker, No. 10 in Pennsylvania|
|Commitment Date: July 31, 2021|
Abdul Carter's ceiling is likely dependent on the position he lines up in the Blue and White. As a linebacker, many of Carter's strengths shine through. He has elite athleticism given his size and those traits show when he is out in the open field and chasing players sideline to sideline. However, as a linebacker, he is still learning how to navigate blockers, fill gaps, and needs to be more confident in identifying plays. Essentially, he needs to learn how to be a linebacker and not a jumbo athlete.
Those strengths could shine at defensive end, however, where he'd also mask some of those "weaknesses." His athleticism and generally aggressive playstyle when attacking the line of scrimmage, along with his size and length, lend themselves to an outstanding end.
Carter is most likely looking at a redshirt as a true freshman. He's currently a bit of a tweener but simply due to the need to establish what position provides the highest ceiling. Physically, Carter could potentially be ready for Big Ten play as a linebacker but would need some size and strength to play at defensive end. It's likely he starts his career as a linebacker before transitioning to defensive end as his body matures.