Folsom (Calif.) athlete Phillip Carter Jr. began his senior season with an explosive start, racking up 317 yards and five touchdowns at receiver and a fumble recovery and two tackles at safety while securing a place on the all-time state record list for the most receiving yards in a single game.
"I'm doing pretty well on both sides of the ball, so I feel like it's been a pretty successful season for me. As long as the team is doing well, things are good. Things have been going a little slower than the first game. I haven't had any more three-hundred yard receiving games," he laughed.
Carter's statistics through the first eleven games of the season are impressive; on defense, he has 62 total tackles, one interception, eight pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries. He also has 33 receptions for 618 yards and eleven touchdowns, racking up 18.73 yards per carry.
"This season, I feel like I've been more aggressive on defense and I've just become a better player overall. I think I'm more of a leader, too. As far as weight, I'm trying to get up to the high 190-200s, but I don't want to get slower. I'm sure I'll put on more weight in college," he said.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect committed to San Jose State just over three weeks ago and still isn't quite sure on what side of the ball he'll end up playing.
"I can see myself playing either side. San Jose State hasn't told me exactly what position I'll play, but I'll play wherever I fit," he said.
Carter picked up offers from Harvard and Yale, among others, before deciding to play college ball for the Spartans.
"They are an up and coming program and have been doing really well this season. Academically, they have the major I want to major in, civil engineering, so it was just a good fit. It's in California, too, and I love the state. Campus is about two and a half hours away from home," he said.
Carter has heard that the civil engineering program can take up to four and half to five years to complete, so though he's not quite sure yet, there is a chance he could be redshirting his freshman season.
The athlete's recruiter is Spartans' assistant coach Klayton Adams, with whom Carter has maintained a good relationship.
"He calls me every week. I went down to the camp over the summer; I had unfortunately injured my collar bone at our team camp during the summer, so I sat out when I went to the camp, but they were really nice to me and stuck with me, so i knew I wanted to be in that program," he said.
Though he hasn't had the opportunity to be on campus for a game, he has made the trip a few times, the most recent being a few weeks ago for a campus tour. He has, however, had a chance to watch the Spartans' play on television and has come away impressed.
"Coach [Mike] MacIntyre is doing a really good job this season. It looks like the players are buying into what he's coaching them to do and so far, they have been successful. I'm excited to be a part of it," he said.
Though he's not quite sure when he'll head to campus for his official visit, he thinks it will be after his senior season.
"I probably won't take my official visit until after the season. With playoffs, it's kind of weird, but at least it's close, so hopefully I can take a Saturday and Sunday and go down there. I just dont know when yet," he said.
Carter did have plans to attend this weekend's match up versus BYU, but had to postpone his visit to December 7th because of a conflict with playoffs.
"I'm pretty much sure I'll be at San Jose State. I've kept good relationships with some of the other coaches that have been recruiting me, but I'm stuck on the Spartans," he said.
He hasn't yet met any other Spartan commits, but could likely face off against one if Folsom continues further into playoffs.
"I know that the running back from Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro [Brandon Monroe] is going there, but I haven't had the chance to meet any of the guys yet. There's a chance we could meet up with his team during playoffs, so maybe I'll get the chance there," he said.
Carter and the Bulldogs face Vacaville (Calif.) this Friday night in the second round of playoffs.