College Bound: Mitchell Carter

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A Q&A with Southridge alum Mitchell Carter who will be playing football collegiately at Ball State.

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately?
I would say I was around 8 years old when I told my parents I wanted to play college football. I’m not sure if they exactly believed me or not at the time. However, I also told them that I wanted to be an astronaut and that my hero was Tony Hawk, so I could understand if they didn’t. I have always loved to compete and play any sport, but no other season ever got me as excited as the fall. I think a love for the game had the biggest influence on me when it came time to choose to continue my athletic career in college, but I also wanted to make something more of myself and make my family proud while I did it.

What stood out about Ball State over the other schools that you visited?
When my family realized I was serious about playing college football, they were obviously very supportive. We all spoke to one another and agreed, however, that while football is great and has opened so many doors for me, it will one day end. With that in mind, I made sure to choose a college that I felt was right for me academically, and the football would come second. I visited Ball State in the fall, and as a journalism major, I was struck by the facilities and staff provided in the David Letterman communication and media building. I knew before I ever got back in the car that BSU was where I belonged. I felt right at home, and I never looked back.

During your time at Southridge, who or what do you feel most prepared you for playing sports in college?
I’ve been blessed to have so many dedicated and well-rounded coaches through my years as an athlete, and the bonds I share with them not only as coaches, but as friends, are timeless. A healthy mixture of Dave Schank’s wrestling practices, Scott Buening’s morning workouts, and Chad Wertman’s humor are what I can most attribute to my preparedness for college football. I’ve learned the value of hard work and early mornings from Coach B. Coach Schank taught me discipline and humility in the form of grueling practices and watching my weight. Last but certainly not least, Coach Wertman taught me that while sports can be a real grind at times, it’s okay to step back and enjoy the time spent with friends in the midst of all the hard work, it’s what makes sports such a special thing, especially in high school.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at Southridge?
Easy, winning the 2A State Championship in football.

If you could describe your high school athletic experience in one word, what would it be?

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