Duron Carter, son of Vikings Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter, will attempt to follow his father’s footsteps and play in the NFL.
The younger Carter hopes to get drafted in April despite only 13 receptions at the FBS level under his belt.
As a high school standout and top recruit, Carter chose to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes, the same school his father played for before his long career in the NFL. In his freshman year of 2009, Carter caught 13 receptions for 176 yards along with a touchdown.
After his freshman year, Carter left Ohio State due to academic reasons. If Carter were to make it to the NFL as his father did, the path was going to be different.
For the next three years, Carter ended up at three different schools—but only actually saw the field in his time at a community college.
After Ohio State, he played for Coffeyville Community College before he transferred to Alabama in 2011 and Florida Atlantic in 2012. Carter was never cleared to play for the Tide and Owls.
Poor academic performance kept Carter from playing at the FBS level, but even when he did play—at the much lower Community College level—he was the target of harsh criticism.
Most notably, the guy who threw footballs at him at Coffeyville. This is what former Coffeyville quarterback Cayden Cochran tweeted Sunday before later deleting it:
“The team that drafts Duron Carter will get the most lazy, whiny, and non-work ethic player in the NFL has ever seen. Horrible person and will be a complete cancer to any team on the board.”
Cochran later tweeted that Carter was “very talented on the field,” but also said, “it takes more than that.”
Carter is said to be training with his father in preparation for the 2013 NFL Draft, with exception to this weekend as his father was just elected to the Hall of Fame.