Zac Carter from Somerset High will emerge on the Kentucky-wide scene in 2024 @zaccarter54 @BJNFBALL @minguabeefjerky @1776Bank @840WHAS

Zac Carter is one bad bunny

’26 DE has every tool to thrive in the KHSAA at DE

Zac Carter is a 6’3,” 230-pound DE who can slide inside and play DT too. Matter of fact, Carter may do just that, next level, depending on how his frame finishes. Carter found the lineup for one of Kentucky’s premier programs at its level of competition during the sophomore year and ended the season among the Briar Jumper’s more reliable front line defenders. Carter is a guy who will emerge as a celebrated talent in the pantheon of KHSAA stars. How are we able to prognosticate such greatness? Man, who are we?

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball

Hudl Highlights


Like so many HS stars, he was a star in MS too

We were asked once how sure we were when “going out on a limb” and forecasting the future success of some high school football player. Our answer, “Barring injury or some unforeseen calamity, just about 100%.”

That may seem far fetched. However, in high school football you can work your way into Friday Night Stardom.

You may or may not round into a college prospect. That has more to do with physical dimensions than performance. As far as Friday Nights, stardom is there for any kid willing to work for it.

That is why high school football is the greatest sport on earth. That is why we spend our entire year covering it.

Zac Carter will be among Kentucky’s more coveted and recruited DE’s in the ’26 graduating class. This is a fact. There are several reasons for that.

First, he is getting top-notch coaching. Clay Clevenger and staff have returned Somerset to the level which had them yearly challenging for titles and winning a title in 2019.

College recruiters claim college players find the field over the course of the player’s sophomore season

Friday Night Fletch

Somerset was 10-4 a year ago and lost in the semi-state to Owensboro Catholic. The Briar Jumpers were “right there” in the ’23 title hunt.

Secondly, Carter has good frame. Carter is 6’3,” weighs 230-pounds, and comes screaming up field like someone set his backside on fire.

College recruiters claim college players find the field over the course of the player’s sophomore season. Carter registered 37-tackles, 6-TFLs, and 3-QB sacks on a 10-4 ball club. We would call that playing.

If you break those statistics down, you should notice he is spending a healthy amount of snaps running around the opponent’s backfield. In other words, this DE isn’t playing in the defensive second level, he’s playing in the offense’s backfield. He might as well join the huddle.

We have no trouble forecasting this guy’s emergence. After all, like Coach Lyon said in his above scout, Man, who are we?

This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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