Highly touted in the classroom and on the field, Carter should start helping the Bears build depth and long-term stability at a key position.
High School: Earned Missouri Class 4 second-team all-state honors as a standout lineman at Republic (Mo.) High in 2012 ... Helped Coach Kurt Thompson's Tigers to back-to-back playoff seasons his junior and senior years, earning all-district, all-Central Ozarks Conference and SWMFCA honors both seasons ... Was also an MFCA All-State and Academic All-State honoree as a senior and also earned All-Ozarks laurels ... Was also a standout shot putter on the Republic track and field team and also played basketball.
Personal: William A. Carter was born 4/24/95 in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of Tom and Tisha Carter of Republic, Mo. ... Has two sisters, Dottie and Sami ... His father, Tom, played football at William Jewell College ... Both of his parents finished degrees at Missouri State ... Plans to major in English Education.