Covering Carter

Arkansas has been the slight leader for awhile for West Monroe (La.) cover corner Terry Carter (5-10, 170, 4.38) and a coaching change at Louisville could certainly help the Razorbacks in landing his signature.

Terry Carter got caught by surprise on Sunday night.

While talking about how the schools he was considering, the star West Monroe (La.) cornerback mentioned Arkansas first and then moved on to Louisville and its head coach Bobby Petrino.

Make that former Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, who took over the Atlanta Falcons.

"Oh, really," Carter said when informed of the development by a reporter. "I had not heard that. That gives me something else to think about."

Carter (5-10, 170, 4.38) will be visiting Arkansas officially on Jan. 19-21 and knows that he is priority recruit for the Razorbacks, who have had secondary coach Louis Campbell heading up his recruitment.

So far it is the only visit he has set up although Louisville, Colorado and Louisiana Tech all still trying to get him on campus as well.

"Coach Campbell is a great guy," Carter said. "He has been heads up and truthful with me throughout the process and I've been real impressed with both him and Arkansas. That's why Arkansas has been my leader. That's the only visit that I have sit up right now although these coaches are still calling me trying to get me to set up visits to their schools."

Carter, who was an unofficial visitor for the LSU-Arkansas game in Little Rock, had 56 tackles, four interceptions and a forced fumble this season in his first year at cornerback after playing safety as a junior.

He posted a 4.38 40-yard yard dash at an LSU camp last summer and helped lead his team to the second round of the state playoffs before a 21-14 loss to Sulpher in which the offense had seven turnovers.

"I am fast, am a good cover corner and I think I do a very good job tackling," Carter said. "I feel llike I was made to be a corner. I need to put on some weight and strength, but I am sure that is going to come real quick once I get to college."

Both Arkansas and Louisville have been recruiting Carter and West Monroe defensive end Luther Davis – his cousin – hard throughout the process.

But Davis ended his recruitment on Saturday when he committed to LSU during the U.S. Army All-American Game.

"I wasn't that surprised," Carter said. "I had been expecting him to end up there and knew he was getting pretty close to letting everybody know and he just decided to go ahead and get it over again."

Carter is pretty specific about what he will be looking for this month as the national signing date of Feb. 7 looms.

"Basically it comes down to being at a place where I feel comfortable and will remind me of home," Carter said. "If I find that, that will be the place I commit to."

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