|School:||Mt. Paran Christian|
Mt. Paran Christian celebrated Cobb County’s first state championship in 47 years and 6-foot-5 junior defensive end Allen Cater played a big role in bringing home the elusive state title. The Eagles ran the table and went 14-0 and was anchored up front by the 2014 Second Team All-Region Cater. Allen says that his size and quickness off the ball are what helped him be so efficient on defense this year. Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Louisville and Missouri have all started to show interest while Mercer has already offered. He holds a 3.1 GPA and would like to study Marine Biology at whichever school he decides to attend.
Allen also has lettered in track where he ran the 400, 200, 4×100, 4×400, and long jump. His 4×100 team made the state championship meet last season. Cater’s combination of speed and size makes him an intriguing target at the next level. Allen thinks he could play either linebacker or stick at defensive end in college, but notes that he feels faster at linebacker when he is standing upright. He attended Nike Camp over the offseason and thought the experience was very beneficial. It taught him what areas he needed to improve.
Allen’s favorite football memory came when he was six years old playing football for the first time. His team went on to win the super bowl that season and he fell in love with the game ever since. Another monumental moment of course came this year with Mt. Paran winning the state title. He wanted to thank the great fan support the Eagles received throughout the year and stated that it’s not often that you have an opportunity to make history like he did this season.
Going to a Christian school like Mt. Paran, each day the importance of giving back to the community and the significance of keeping God in your life is preached. Allen has taken these words to heart as he is an active part of his church and has taken part in programs that help feed the homeless. He said the opportunity to feed the homeless makes him feel grateful for everything he has in his life.
After his football career comes to an end, Allen has a strong family and great avenues to venture into. He has played drums since he was two and said he wouldn’t be opposed to playing drums for a musician after his career is over.