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Weber High defensive lineman Josh Carter (18, bottom) tackles Syracuse quarterback Bridger Hamblin during the teams' varsity football game Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at Syracuse High School.

Weber High senior Josh Carter racked up 68 tackles this year with eight tackles-for-loss and five sacks at defensive line.

He was part of why the Warriors’ defense allowed a suffocating 5.5 points per game in region games in 2018.

But his other position, though less-known and less visible on the stat sheet, is what’s going to pay for his college education.

Carter committed to Weber State on Tuesday as the first local prep player, and the first Utahn, in the Wildcats’ 2019 signing class so far. And he’s going to play long snapper this fall.

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Carter had preferred walk-on offers from Utah State and Montana State (meaning you have to pay your own way at first, but you’re on a shortlist to get a scholarship when one opens up).

“I really like their athletic training department and I know a lot of people that’ve gone into it. I really like the location, it’s not far from home,” Carter said. “But I think the biggest thing that sold me on it was just the coaches. They’re really awesome people.”

Carter was already eyeing WSU but what got the ball rolling faster down the hill was when Wildcats’ long snapper Kallin Fisher, a former Davis High quarterback, medically retired five games into the season. That opened up a need the ‘Cats needed to address.

As soon as Carter started talking to special teams coordinator Colton Swan and, eventually, head coach Jay Hill, Carter said he immediately felt close to them. The Wildcats extended a scholarship offer to him in mid-December. Two-and-a-half weeks later, the choice was made.

“It always just kind of felt right,” Carter said.

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You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr via email at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @patrickcarr_ and on Facebook at facebook.com/patrickcarr17/.

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