At Penn State, linebackers wearing No. 11 mean something a little more special. And on the 2022 Nittany Lions, this number will belong to a real freshman in Glendale, Pa. La Salle Product Abdul Carter.
Four-star prospect, Carter earned praise from defensive coordinator Manny Diaz in April as a player who could see the pitch early. Along with Carter’s college-ready body, he brings great athleticism and the ability to connect in multiple places depending on his development.
Another former Penn State No. 11, Dallas Cowboys star Micah Parsonsmessaged Carter on Twitter.
— Micah Parsons (@MicahhParsons11) June 17, 2022
LaVar Arrington dominated wearing No. 11, followed by Archer of Navorre and Brandon Bell, with Parsons.
A No. 28 linebacker and No. 287 player overall in the 247Sports Composite, Carter has a bright future ahead of him.
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“Has a college-ready size and frame with monstrous athleticism,” 247Sports’ Brian Dohn wrote in Carter’s scouting report. “Has length and broad shoulders. Carries 235 lbs as 220. Offers college-level positional versatility as a linebacker, edge, or defensive end since the frame can hold 250 lbs. Burst and speed shows with ability to run in 4.5s in a 40 yard dash. Physical when attacking the ball carrier in space. Change direction nicely. Can stack and throw. Has speed to chase play from behind and runs well to the touchline. Has flexibility throughout the frame and can shoulder dip and explode around the edge.
“Has athleticism to cover and improved depth drops and instincts from his junior season. Works well with running back or tight end in pass coverage. Must continue to learn linebacker position. Needs to be more consistent when playing downhill and filling out race adjustments. There is a need to improve the ability to filter traffic. Burst when blitz suggests peak ability. Could become a defensive end on the ground. Can be an impact player in a high level program. Late-round NFL Draft selection.