Self-made 2022 QB Tevin Carter Perseveres, Earns Michigan Offer

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Self-made 2022 QB Tevin Carter Perseveres, Earns Michigan Offer

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Self-made 2022 QB Tevin Carter Perseveres, Earns Michigan Offer


Memphis (Tenn.) Freedom Prep Academy 2022 QB Tevin Carter has nine Division I offers.


Self-made 2022 QB Tevin Carter Perseveres, Earns Michigan Offer

Tevin Carter has been playing varsity football since the 7th grade.

Varsity football is nothing new to Tevin Carter.

Despite being a 2022 quarterback entering his freshman year of high school in Memphis, Tennessee, Carter has been playing on the Freedom Prep Academy varsity team for two years – since 7th grade.

“At first, it was challenging,” Carter said. “It was also fun. There were a lot of moments where my coach was like, ‘It’s OK, you’re young and the game will slow down.’

“I just stuck with it and kept on my grind.”

In his eighth grade year, while playing varsity, Carter threw for 499 yards and six touchdowns. He also ran for 402 yards and two scores. Starting at quarterback, Carter led his team to the Class 1A playoffs and a 5-6 season.

At 10:35 p.m. on July 13, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh dialed Carter’s coach to get ahold of the rising quarterback. Harbaugh thought he already offered him.

“No,” Carter said to Harbaugh.

“Well, I’m offering now,” Harbaugh responded.

When Harbaugh spoke those words over the phone, Carter said his mind was “doing its own little backflips.” The offer from the Wolverines was his ninth from a Division I program.

“I was actually shocked,” Carter stated. “I couldn’t believe that Coach Harbaugh had offered me.”

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback has offers to play for Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Carter has been homeschooled all his life at PURE Youth Academy. Instead of attending Freedom Prep Academy, a K-12 charter school, on a day-to-day basis, he will remain as a homeschool kid until attending college.

“We don’t have a ton of teachers,” Carter said. “It’s just one teacher for every subject.”

There are nine PURE Youth Academy students who play for Freedom Prep Academy. Carter and defensive back Tamerius Bell are the youngest. The rest of the members of the varsity team all attend the high school.

Another PURE Academy student-athlete is Memphis (Tenn.) Freedom Prep Academy 2020 four-star offensive tackle Chris Morris, who is Carter’s best friend. Morris, at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, is ranked No. 127 in the nation.

Growing up in Memphis, Tennessee, Carter has a strong knowledge of the Wolverines, even from over 725 miles away.

“I know they have one of the greatest coaches in Lloyd Carr and three Heisman Trophy winners,” Carter said of Michigan. “I really like the rivalry they have with Ohio State and that they have the biggest stadium.”

After Carr retired in 2007, Michigan went through two coaches from 2008 to 2014 – Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke. Then, Harbaugh stepped in for the 2015 season.

As Carter has a strong knowledge of Michigan’s tradition, he also does with Harbaugh. Through three years in Ann Arbor, Harbaugh has a 28-11 record.

“I think Coach Harbaugh is a great coach with a great history in the game of football and as a player developer,” Carter exclaimed. “He has knowledge about both college and NFL, so he really knows what it takes for me to make it to the next level.”

Carter plans to visit Michigan in Ann Arbor on Nov. 13 against Penn State in the 2018 season. If he can’t make it to that game, he hopes to see Michigan play Ohio State at the Big House during the 2019 campaign.

“I’ll visit when Michigan plays a team like Penn State or Ohio State,” he said.

Looking at his on-field abilities, Carter made it clear that his arm strength and eyes are his best attributes. His footwork is outstanding for his age, but he realizes it will always need work as he continues to grow.

Carter said the main focus to improve his game is rotation on his throw.

Despite starting on varsity as an eighth-grader and playing on the same team in seventh grade, Carter has not always been a quarterback.

Melvin Cole, the founder and executive director of PURE Youth, worked the youngster at tight end, wide receiver and linebacker before landing on the quarterback position.

The most colossal aspect for Carter when picking a college program down the road is the family environment, which makes sense for a top prospect from a small homeschool academy.

“It’s going to be really important because I know wherever I go I will spend the next three or four years of my life,” Carter said. “Those will be the people I am around every day. I want to feel like I’m at home with my family.”

Right now, Carter is aiming to make himself a complete high school quarterback.

Fortunately for the Wolverines, they are in early for one of the best 2022 prospects in America.

Michigan has offered five 2022 players:

  • Memphis (Tenn.) Freedom Prep Academy QB Tevin Carter
  • Martin (Tenn.) Westview QB Ty Simpson
  • Brunswick (Ga.) WR Syveion Ellis
  • Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peters Prep DE KJ Miles
  • Cambridge (Mass.) Buckingham Browne & Nichols School LB Tyler Martin
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