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Diamond Talk: Ron’Dell Carter, DL, James Madison University | Former D1 transfer with a mean streak

Ron’Dell Carter is a big boy who does a great job for the Dukes. I think he will hear his name called in April’s NFL Draft.

Ron’Dell Carter was a three star recruit coming out of high school and had several teams interested in him. He played defensive end as well as tight end in high school and was a top 30 player from the state.

Carter would commit to Rutgers and leave the state to start his new journey in Jersey. After two years in New Jersey, Carter would transfer to JMU. In his years at Rutgers, he did not get much playing time. In five games he finished with 2 tackles and one of those tackles was a .5 sack and .5 tackle for loss. He was not utilized properly and left Rutgers for a chance to come closer to home and play with his younger brother Robert who is a gunner for James Madison.

As a redshirt Sophomore in 2017, Carter played in all 15 games for the Dukes. He racked up 28 tackles, 8 tackles for loss and 4 quarterback sacks. He was finally getting to show he belonged.

At 6’3 and 269 pounds, Carter has the size and stature to be a stud pass rusher at the next level. He showed off his moves in 2018. He finished as a First Team All-CAA defensive lineman. He is a leader and was also named team MVP by his team last year.

Ron’dell finished his junior year with 58 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks. He tied for seventh in the CAA for sakcs and 9th in tackles for loss.

This year I expect Carter to have a monster year and would not be surprised if he finished with double digit sacks. Remember his name come April!

Damond Talbot

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