COLUMBUS, Ohio -- By the time this article is published, Drey Carter may have already picked up another offer.
That's how much attention the rising senior from Westerville South has received lately as the 6'8 wing forward continues to attract regional Division I scholarship offers. In the midst of the first live recruiting period for D1 coaches in two years, the rising senior has taken advantage.
Carter received his first offer on June 29th, a day after his 17th birthday, from Wright State. Since then, Carter earned four offers in five days from Miami (OH), Toledo, Kent State and Illinois Chicago.
"I'm very grateful for what has come my way," Carter said.
It was only a matter of time before college coaches took notice. Carter possesses two of the most attractive traits for the next level; length and the ability to shoot.
"It doesn't take much to see Drey and his potential," said George Reese, Carter's AAU coach with Nova Village and a former Buckeye who played 12 seasons professionally overseas. "Coaches say 'the look test' and you see (Carter) and say 'whoa, who is that?' He's rangy, he moves around well, he has the jump shot, he makes you want to keep watching him."
Westerville South's head coach Ed Calo, who has led the Wildcats for 35 years, won a state championship in 2016 and coached numerous Division I players, would agree. "I've been around enough that I can tell who is a D1 kid and who isn't and (Carter) certainly has the attributes."
While those attributes have attracted initial attention, Carter's improved versatility is the driving force behind the offers. "Coaches are starting to realize I can do more than just score and how I can impact the game," Carter said.
"He could always shoot the ball, but he's becoming more aggressive offensively and defensively," Calo said. "He works really hard. He's improved his rebounding, he's stronger than he was last year. He's playing with more of a high motor and we're seeing that on a day to day basis."
Reese has noticed the same. "Being a long wing, that position has a long list of responsibilities and I think he's starting to understand that," Reese said. "I've seen his focus, the aggression. He's more assertive."
In addition to his five offers, Carter shared he has been in contact with multiple programs, including Illinois State, Liberty, Eastern Michigan, IUPUI, Youngstown State and Princeton. Currently holding a 3.6 cumulative GPA, Carter said he wants to study architectural design.
For now, Carter's not in a rush to make a decision and wants to see how things fall into place. "I'm continuing to speak with coaches and my family, see what's best for me," Carter said.
While he continues those conversations and works on his game, Carter remains appreciative throughout the process. "I'm thankful for all the coaches and schools that have reached out to me and believe in me," Carter said.
As Carter continues to believe in his own abilities and game, his recruitment should only continue to grow as well.