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Recruiting turns to Norcross' Carter and 2014 class

File Photo Norcross' Lorenzo Carter (25) closes in on a Lovejoy runner during the state championship game at the Georgia Dome. Carter is one of the nation's top recruits in the 2014 class.

File Photo Norcross' Lorenzo Carter (25) closes in on a Lovejoy runner during the state championship game at the Georgia Dome. Carter is one of the nation's top recruits in the 2014 class.

With two pieces of cake in his hands, Lorenzo Carter could only smile when asked about next year's National Signing Day.

"I'm excited, super excited," Carter said. "I can't wait until next year. I know it's going to fly by, so I'm going to take my time."

The Norcross defensive end was enjoying the festivities of his teammates that signed on Wednesday. The 2013 signing period is over and it won't be long before a new group of names start popping up in recruiting headlines.

Carter will be one of the main ones from Gwinnett County.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has already been tabbed by recruiting service 247 Sports as a five-star recruit and the top college prospect in Georgia.

"I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing and if a school offers me, it doesn't matter if I'm a five star, four star or three star," Carter said.

Carter grew up a basketball fan and following North Carolina. He won a basketball state championship at Whitfield Academy last year and transferred to Norcross over the summer.

Carter quickly blossomed into a major college recruit with his size and athleticism.

He led the county in sacks with 17 and was eighth in tackles with 136, helping Norcross win the Class AAAAAA state championship.

He already has 25 scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Notre Dame and Florida State.

"I don't think I have any favorites," Carter said. "It's wide open right now, I'm looking at everybody."

Carter is expected to be one of several major college recruits from Norcross. Linebacker Kevin Mouhon and receiver/running back Myles Autry have already picked up a dozen scholarship offers each.

Offensive linemen Ryan Northrup, Horatio Walker and Jordan Jenkins, safeties Jordan Noil and Brandon Garner and receivers Messiah Francis and Clinton Lynch are also grabbing early recruiting attention.

"It could be a great crop of kids and even more," Norcross head coach Keith Maloof said. "There's a bunch of guys in my junior class that will be able to play at the next level."

Carter, Mouhon and Autry aren't the only big names in the county. Buford's Korie Rogers was an all-state linebacker and has nearly a dozen offers.

Peachtree Ridge's Nick Glass and Orlando Brown are also major recruits. Glass, who transferred from St. Pius in December, committed to Georgia in April last year. The 6-foot-7, 345-pound Brown is the son of former NFL player Orlando Brown, Sr.

North Gwinnett's Dante Sawyer, who has a dozen scholarship offers, and Nate Brown are also major recruits.

South Gwinnett's Dennis Edwards, Parkview's Bryce Lewis and Collins Hill's Christian Harris have also picked up early interest from recruiters.

Gwinnett County had a record year on Wednesday with 120 signings, which included 26 to Division I-BCS programs. That number may be challenged next February the way the Class of 2014 is already shaping up.

It won't be long before Carter and the other recruits are sitting at a table preparing to sign a national letter of intent.

"I really don't know (how I'm going to handle it)," Carter said. "I'm just going to have fun right now because everyone is telling me I'm not going to have fun later on. I'm just going to treasure the moment."