Henrico WR Jahad Carter (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
On the weekend Tech shuts out ODU, the Hokies gain a commitment from Jahad Carter
by John Harvey, recruit804
Jahad Carter has been a fixture on both sides of the ball for Henrico High School’s football coach Glen Glasco for the last two seasons.
The 6-foot-2, 187-pound junior athlete’s talent caught the eye of Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente this summer during a one-day camp at Randolph-College in Ashland. The meeting left quite an impression on Carter as Sunday he verbally committed to play for the Hokies.
“It feels great to know that the work I put in is paying off,” Carter said. “But I still have to continue to grind.”
The Henrico product was active last summer on the recruiting trail, making a name for himself during several one-day camps. In May, Carter picked up his first offer after a visit to Temple
University in Pennsylvania. He also had interest from Atlantic Coast Conference schools, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse, as well as Big Ten programs Maryland and Purdue and Cincinnati.
“Carter is an amazing talent,” Glasco said. “He didn’t play football as a freshman. If he had, he would have every offer in the country. I feel like he’s an athlete that can contribute on both sides of the ball at the right Division I program. Virginia Tech has shown him love and they are a great program to highlight his ability.”
Last season, he earned all-conference and regional honors for the Warriors as a sophomore and was recognized as one of the top underclassmen in the Richmond-area.
Carter formed a close bond with Virginia Tech assistant coach Galen Scott, a secondary coach for defensive coordinator Bud Foster.
“They say I have good size and amazing ability,” Carter said. “I like the coaches, players and the fans. The camps and the academics are also good.”
Those talents have been put on display this season as Henrico has won 3 of its first 4 games, including last week’s 35-34 overtime win over Patrick Henry. Carter had four catches for 95 yards and a score, including a 65-yard touchdown grab where he outleaped a defender for the ball. He ranked third in the Central Region among receivers with 22 receptions for 388 yards.
Defensively, he has been a playmaker in the secondary with a team-high three interceptions.
The Henrico High product hopes to study either human science or communications in college.
After growing up idolizing the University of Alabama, Carter is excited about the opportunity to run out of the tunnel at Lane Stadium for an in-state school.
“My goal for the rest of this season is to stay healthy and have the best season ever,” Carter said. “I want to continue to work hard, put in extra work and make everyone that believed in me proud.”
– Jahad Carter