The Huskies have officially signed one of the top recruits of their 2024 class when 4-star EDGE Noah Carter officially signed his letter of intent and will join the Huskies next year.
The 6’ 3” and 225 lb EDGE commitment is a dynamic, high upside prospect out of Arizona’s Centennial HS. At the time of this article, Carter is either the highest ranked or second highest ranked HS signee in UW’s 2024 recruiting class depending on the site. His multi-faceted athletic upside is a key reason why. During his time at Centennial, Carter was a playmaker in all three phases of the game, starting at EDGE, WR, and punt returner. Just in his senior season, Carter accounted for 11 sacks as well as 10 touchdowns (8 receiving & 2 on punt return).
Simply put, Carter is a play maker wherever you put him on the field, and other programs were high on him as well. Despite being a relatively late riser in the recruiting rankings, prominent programs from outside the region, such as Texas and Louisville, extended offers to Carter, and he even took an official visit to Louisville. However, Coach Schmidt built the relationship and secured his commitment during our big recruiting weekend this past June. Since then, Carter has largely shut down his recruiting.
Looking ahead to his fit on Montlake, our staff has recruited him as an EDGE with the hope that he can leverage his WR athleticism to wreak havoc in opposing backfields. Prior to his senior season, I broke down Carter’s tape to see where he’d fit within our defense:
[Carter] fits the mold of our boundary EDGE where explosive pass rush and, on occasion, coverage skills are a sought. Much like, current UW EDGE Lance Holtzclaw, Carter is on the lighter size for an every down EDGE, but his upside is all about his speed, agility, and overall athleticism. As a pass rusher, he almost exclusively played from a 2-point stance in his hudl tape, and his technique and play style is built off of his athleticism. He isn’t the biggest rusher, so he doesn’t try to just bull rush blockers. Instead he plays with his rush angles to get blockers off balance and to avoid clean blocks on him from OTs.
...Looking to the future, Carter will likely arrive on Montlake within 15-20 lbs of the ideal size to play the boundary EDGE spot (Carter will likely end up somewhere in the 245-255 lb range for his final playing weight based on his current frame) assuming that he continues to grow/develop through his final [year of high school], so early action isn’t completely out of the picture. Coach Schmidt likes to keep his EDGE players’ legs fresh with a pretty deep 4-6 man rotation, and we’ll be light on experience once Bralen Trice and ZTF move on to the next level.
With Bralen Trice, Zion Tupuola-Fetui, and Coach Eric Schmidt all destined to leave UW after this season, it’s certainly exciting to see that we were able to secure our top target at the position to maintain the talent pipeline at EDGE.
Husky fans, please welcome Noah Carter to Montlake!