Newswire Reports (January 2, 2015) – Alex Carter, Stanford Cardinal Cornerback and former Briar Woods High School standout under Coach Charlie Pierce, has declared to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Alex’s decision to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility was made in collaboration with his family and he decided it was time. Carter told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I love these boys. It was great playing with them, and I’ll miss them.”
Carter received ALL PAC-12 honorable mention in each of his three seasons at Stanford. He originally started as a kick returner as a true freshman in 2012. However, his physical, technically sound play at cornerback was difficult to ignore. It earned him the starting cornerback position by the Cardinal’s week seven game against California Bears.
In his three seasons with the Cardinal, Alex accounted for two interceptions, 17 passes broken up and four forced fumbles while playing solid coverage against many of the talented top receivers in the PAC 12.In his 2014 season, Carter was a cornerstone in the defensive secondary and achieved:
• One pass breakup vs. UC Davis
• Four solo tackles vs. USC
• Four tackles, one forced fumble vs. Army
• Five solo tackles, one pass breakup at Washington
• Three tackles at Notre Dame
• Four tackles, one pass breakup vs. Washington State
• Two tackles, two pass breakups vs. Oregon State
• Four tackles, one interception and one pass breakup at Oregon
• Two tackles vs. Utah
• Three tackles, one pass breakup at California
• Six solo tackles, one pass breakup at UCLA
This great work led Alex to receive to several recognitions:
• All-PAC 12 honorable mention
• Phil Steele All-PAC 12 third team
• Bednarik Award watch list
• Nagurski Award watch list
• Sporting News preseason All-PAC 12
• Athlon preseason All-PAC 12 second team
• Phil Steele preseason All-PAC 12 second team
He was one of the key links in the secondary whose cohesive play enabled the aggressive Stanford front seven to achieve team success.
After Alex graduated from Briar Woods and before he arrived at Stanford as a freshman, he registered a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, a vertical leap of 40 inches and less than 10 percent body fat. These stats were already NFL-caliber numbers and have likely improved under Stanford’s strength and conditioning program, led by Shannon Turley.
Alex comes from NFL stock, his father, Tom, was the first-round pick of the Washington Redskins and played for three NFL teams (Washington Redskins, Chicago Bears, and Cincinnati Bengals) in a career that spanned nine seasons from 1993 to 2001.
Carter’s declaration into the NFL Draft also comes on the heels of a personal announcement. Just a little over a week ago, he asked his longtime girlfriend Ariana Alston (Stone Bridge Alumni) to marry him and of course she said “Yes.”