Freshman linebacker Reginald Carter insist he doesn't get mad when somebody uses the word "sleeper" to describe himself as a football player.
Not that it doesn't get the old competitive juices flowing.
"When I hear that, I just use that as motivation," the 6-foot-1, 224 pound graduate of South Gwinnett High said. "I know what I can and people who know me know what I can do. So I don't look at it as a downer. It's only going to motivate me as we go forward."
To make sure that happens, Carter laughed that he's going to remind himself of that every day.
"That's what I'm going to put up in my room - sleeper," he said. "I'm going to write it up there in big letters."
Actually, there's a reason that Carter might have fallen under the radar in the eyes of college evaluators. He missed most of his junior year due to a torn ACL, which also cost him to miss the Rising Senior Bowl in Atlanta where many of the evaluations were made.
Carter did eventually regain four-star status according to Rivals.com, and the offers subsequently returned as well and by the time he signed with Georgia last week, also held offers from Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, among others.
But Carter never wavered from the Dawgs - the first school to offer him a scholarship and as an early enrollee is anxious to get spring practice underway.
Along with fellow early enrollee Ryne Rankin, Carter will call inside linebacker his home.
"Me and Ryne, we work out together. He's going to push me and I'm going to push him," Carter said. "Both of us know what we can do, but we've just got to show Amarlo (Herrera) that he can depend on us. He's a real cool guy. We look up to him as a leader, he keeps us going and I like that about him."
So what if he's not 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds?
"They get what they get with me," Carter smiled. "I like to compare myself to Jonathan Vilma, a short, fast guy
According to Carter, Bulldog coaches see him as a versatile player.
So although he's currently penciled in at inside linebacker, he may get the opportunity to move around.
"I think they see me as someone who can rush from the outside, too; they look at me as a versatile player," he said. "I've just got to come out and play my best."