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Two-sport standout Carter apparently headed to Norcross

Norcross' varsity football and basketball teams may be getting a major boost with the apparent transfer of two-sport standout Lorenzo Carter from Whitefield Academy this summer.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound rising junior had an impact in both sports at the Cobb County private school during the 2011-12 school year.

On the football field, he posted six catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns as a receiver/tight end and made a combined 91 tackles (including 61 solo tackles) with six sacks as a defensive end for a Whitefield team that went 4-6.

Carter could not be reached for comment, but Norcross football coach Keith Maloof confirmed that Carter's family had contacted him after they moved into the Norcross area this summer and that Carter has participated in some of the Blue Devils' informal offseason workouts.

"They're a real good family, and he's a good kid," Maloof said. "It's real good for Norcross High School. I think he'll fit in really well."

Norcross basketball coach Jesse McMillan also confirmed that Carter had participated in some of his team's informal summer workouts and that he had heard from Carter's parents that the family would move into the area.

"I don't think he can (officially) enroll (at Norcross) for another few weeks yet. So, I don't know (he'll be coming to Norcross) for sure until he does," McMillan said. "I know he came to a couple of our workouts. He's a big kid, that's for sure."

His presence could give the Blue Devils another physical presence in the low post.

Carter played a major role in Whitefield's Class A state championship team this past season, averaging 9.9 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game.

Included in that total was a 17-point, five-rebound effort in a regular season win over Buford in January.

Carter is a major college recruiting target in both sports for the class of 2014.

One recruiting website already has him receiving football scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Syracuse and Vanderbilt, with interest from Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

He has also attracted basketball interest from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Wright State, among others.

While Carter was a contributor on both sides of the ball at Whitefield last year, Maloof wasn't prepared to say exactly what his primary role would be for the Blue Devils this season.

"We've only had him a little while," Maloof said. "I really won't know until we've had a chance to see him on the field in pads."