Defensive ends are always in demand on the recruiting trail, and one of the top prospects at the position is Lorenzo Carter of Norcross High School in Georgia. Carter, who stands 6'5" and 232 pounds, is an elite recruit who could be a dominant pass-rusher at the next level.
A talented and versatile prospect, Carter is considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Florida State and many other prominent programs, according to 247Sports.com.
All of his main suitors are national juggernauts who offer Carter more positives than negatives.
But anytime the Crimson Tide are a core suitor for an elite prospect like Carter, competing schools get nervous. Carter has many options, but Alabama may be too good to pass up.
Playing for several good coaches in a system that suits his skill set and getting a chance to make history are only two of the reasons Carter will sign with Alabama.
Alabama receives overwhelming support from its fans all year round. Crimson Tide football is king in the Tuscaloosa and some will even say the state.
Alabama's fans are so supportive that they come out in droves to watch the team's spring game, pack the stadium to the brim in the fall and travel in large numbers to all road games.
Players are treated like royalty and become instant celebrities when they sign with the Tide.
Lorenzo Carter will not find a more passionate and intense fanbase.
Alvin Kamara, who was Carter's teammate at Norcross High School, is a 2013 Alabama signee. He is one of the best running backs in the 2013 class and will help the Tide continue to have great talent at the position.
A Scout.com (subscription required) article in April suggested that Carter has received recruiting advice from Kamara. The shifty running back's presence on the Alabama roster will not hurt the Tide's chances of landing Carter.
Alabama is routinely among the top five recruiting programs in the country and has a roster full of future NFL players.
Lorenzo Carter would be surrounded by excellent talent in Tuscaloosa, which would help him on and off the field. He would be in a great position to win, while also being with players who can relate to being a high-profile player with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
Although Smart will not be at Tuscaloosa for much longer—he will soon be a head coach—it would be wise for Carter to jump on the opportunity to play for the great defensive coordinator.
Smart is one of the best defensive minds in the country and a passionate coach who players love.
He is an excellent teacher who puts his players in great positions to be successful. Smart inspires his defensive unit and brings out its best.
He may be gone before Carter plays for 'Bama, but if he does not land a head coaching job after this season, Smart would be a great coach for Carter.
Carter, who has NFL potential, is a prospect who deserves to play on the big stage against the best competition. The SEC is the most competitive league in college football, and Alabama is a proud member.
Alabama has a target on its back every Saturday, especially when it plays its jealous SEC rivals. The Crimson Tide receive each team's best shot, so competition is fierce during games.
Facing SEC competition is excellent for a player's development, as it prepares him for the NFL.
Alabama runs a 3-4 defense that also has 4-3 alignments and shifts. Carter would become an outside linebacker/rush end in the Tide's base 3-4 scheme, which will cater to his strengths.
Carter would be able to play out of a two-point stance and use his athleticism to make plays. Alabama's system would allow him to attack the pocket as a pass-rusher, while also taking advantage of Carter's potential to buzz into underneath zone coverage.
The system would require Carter to not only improve his physical skills, but also his mental focus.
If Carter is looking for a physical and mental challenge, but also the chance to play in a system that would showcase his talent, Alabama's hybrid 3-4 scheme is a good fit.
Nick Saban runs Alabama like an NFL organization, and the program has a business-minded approach to everything it does. Alabama takes its share of criticism for being too serious, but the results speak for themselves.
Carter would come into an environment that would prepare him to be a professional player.
Though Alabama's program demands an intense commitment and devotion, it pays big dividends to all players who buy into it.
With draft picks such as D.J. Fluker, Chance Warmack, Trent Richardson, Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower and Mark Barron, Alabama has a great recent history of putting players in the NFL.
If Carter wants 24/7 NFL training, he should look no further than Alabama.
Saban is the best head coach in college football. If an athletic director needs to hire a new head coach, his first call should be to Saban—even if he knows Saban will turn him down.
Prospects—and their parents—know they are in good hands when they sign with a Saban-coached program. He wins, recruits well, hires good assistants, coaches his players well and demands they be great on and off the field.
He can be intimidating and has many critics, but Saban is as well-respected as any coach in football.
Winning is important to Carter, as his high school team won 15 games in 2012. In May, Carter told Scout.com's Chad Simmons (subscription required) how important winning is to him.
Earlier this month, in another interview with Simmons (subscription required), he also acknowledged that he and "everyone" else notice that Alabama is a winning program. Carter is not used to losing, as having the opportunity to compete conference and national titles is one of his recruiting priorities.
Alabama has won three of the past four BCS National Championships and is a dominant program in the SEC. If Carter is serious about signing with a program where he can win, Alabama should be No. 1 on his list.