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Profiles in Terpage: Jermaine Carter, Jr.

Today's story features the Terps' probable starter at middle linebacker in their new 4-3 defensive scheme. (And I had no choice but to use that picture.)

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Jermaine Carter, Jr., sophomore (RS), linebacker, No. 23


Height: 6’0"

Weight: 240

Collegiate stats: 27 tackles (9 solo) 2 forced fumbles

High school: Friendship Collegiate (Washington, DC)

High school stats (Senior Year): 90 tackles, three sacks, seven forced fumbles, one interception (returned for a touchdown), 300 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns.

Composite recruiting rating: Three Stars:(0.8185); 1393 ranked outside linebacker (number 7 player in DC) by 24/7

Who Maryland beat:Boston College, Colorado, Hawaii, UMass

High school highlights:

How'd He Get to College Park?

Although he didn’t receive an offer from the school down south, Carter, who transferred from Archbishop Carroll to Friendship Collegiate for his senior joined teammates Yannick Ngakoue, Derwin Gray and Cavon Walker on an unofficial visit to Virginia. Barely a month later he committed to Maryland where he now plays with those high school teammates.

Carter redshirted in 2013, earning scout team player of the week honors twice, and played an important role as a reserve linebacker in 2014. He played in all 13 games and led the team with two forced fumbles, with a career-high six tackles against West Virginia.

Career Highlight:

Forced a fumble on a kickoff in the fourth quarter at Penn State to set up a Wes Brown touchdown run.

Dream Season:

Carter wins the starting middle linebacker position after an intense training camp competition with Abner Logan, Jalen Brooks and high school teammate Cavon Walker. He continues to be a ball-hawking disrupter and at least triples his redshirt freshman season total of 27 tackles.

2015 Prospectus:

Carter played in a 3-4 defense in high school and fit well into that scheme at Maryland. After taking a redshirt year and adding 10 pounds of muscle, he played in 13 games backing up Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree at the two inside linebacker spots. He had 27 tackles in limited action but led the team in forced fumbles with two. Coach Randy Edsall singled him out in early reports from spring practice and it looks as though he is primed to be the Terps starter at middle linebacker in their new 4-3 scheme.

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