spent last year at Coffeyville Community College where in one game he broke a school record of five touchdown receptions. He now attends Palm Beach College in Lake Worth, Fla. and lives and trains with his dad. Several schools have continued to recruit the former St. Thomas Aquinas High School star including Ohio State
Duron Carter at St. Thomas Aquinas
Some had expected Carter to re-sign with the Buckeyes, but that shipped sailed once he left Columbus. It was time to look for something new. It was time to put together his own legacy rather than continuing the Carter tradition at Ohio State.
Carter has options with an expected graduation in May from Palm Beach College. He will have three years to play two.
The University of Alabama
has quickly emerged as a frontrunner to land Carter's signature. The Tide first inquired about the 6-foot-4.5, 210-pound prospect in January.
"The story goes back a little bit," said Cris Carter
. "Alabama contacted us three weeks before national signing day. They wanted to know his academic situation and everything that was going on with Duron. They continued to stay in contact with us. We talked with coach Bobby Williams for a while, and then we began speaking with coach Saban. I have known Bobby Williams for a long time. I coached his son at St. Thomas Aquinas. I have known him 15-20 years."
Duron, along with his parents, are all set for a trip to Tuscaloosa. An announcement is not out of the equation.
"My wife and I will go with Duron next weekend to Alabama," Carter said. "This will be his first trip to Alabama. We want to see the university and learn about what all they provide. We will get to sit down with coach Saban and the coaching staff. I expect that we will make a quick decision. He does graduate in May."
Duron Carter as a Buckeye
Duron was a freshman starter for the Buckeyes during the 2009 season. He caught 13 passes for 179 yards and one touchdown. His grades became an issue and was ruled academically ineligible for the Rose Bowl against Oregon
. He missed spring practice due to academic reasons and made the decision to leave Ohio State and transfer to Coffeyville.
"The thing about Duron is he played against major D-I competition," said his father. "It wasn't like he was going from high school to junior college. Most of those kids have to adjust. He already had a lot of experience against great competition. He is a lot like the player Alabama signed, Aaron Douglas
. Douglas was an All-American freshman at Tennessee
"We knew he would be fine with the competition he was going up against in junior college. He knew he would not have a problem adjusting or competing.
"The main thing about him going to junior college was getting things right in the classroom. He needed to go there and take care of business. It's always been his mission to succeed in the classroom and get back to a major program."
High School All-American
Cris Carter is one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game. His NFL career totals include 1,101 receptions, 13,899 receiving yards and 130 touchdowns. It comes as no surprise his son is an excellent receiver.
Duron arrived in Columbus at 6-foot-2, 180-pounds. Fast forward to 30 pounds heavier and a couple of inches taller had his father talking about his son's strengths and areas to improve before hitting the final phase of his college career.
"For being a young receiver Duron is a great route runner," said Carter. "I have always told him to make an impact when he doesn't have the ball. I think he does a real good job at that. Coaches like how physical he is as a blocker. He does a great job helping out the running game.
"One thing I think Duron can improve is his top end speed. He is a late bloomer. He is getting used to his body. He can make the real difficult catches, but can improve on the easy catches. He needs to stay focused and continue to work on concentration."
Andrew Bone's Take:
Other schools remain in the mix, but all signs continue point to the University of Alabama. The relationship Cris Carter has with Tide coach Bobby Williams appears as a big factor in the decision. Alabama was the only school who kept staying with the Carters when other schools were backing away when it appeared Duron might not graduate in May. Carter will give the Tide a huge boost at the receiver position if he lands in Tuscaloosa. Alabama fans keep a close eye on this one. Carter has the experience to become an immediate game changer. One is needed on the Tide's roster with the loss of projected NFL first rounder Julio Jones
Duron Carter, son of NFL great Cris Carter, will travel to the University of Alabama next weekend for a visit with the Tide. Carter spent a year at Ohio State where he was a starter for the Buckeyes, but transferred before his sophomore season to Coffeyville, Kansas. Duron's father talked with FOXSports/Scout.com about his son and how the Crimson Tide became a major contender for his signature.
Former Buckeye looking at the SEC.