The speedster from Richwood High School was one of two prospects in for official visits over the weekend along with punter Michael Gibson. "It was a pretty cool visit," Carter says. "Everything was pretty nice."
Carter says he "hung out" with his player host, Travaris Robinson, and met Tiger team members. He toured the campus and talked to academic advisers even though he is uncertain what he wants to study in college.
A 6-1, 180-pounder with 4.43 speed in the 40, he was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp and the Tigers have been recruiting him since then. Carter says after his second visit to AU that he is higher on the Tigers than he was before the trip.
"It will probably be right before signing day before I make my decision," says Carter, who has also visited Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech.
He is being recruited by the Tigers as an athlete who could play either defense or offense. He played tailback in a Wing-T offense and cornerback at Richwood and had a big season. "Lewis is a really good athlete and a really good kid who did a great job for us," says Richwood coach Greg Williams. The senior ran the football 167 times for 1,248 yards and 19 TDs, helping Richwood to an 8-3 record in the school's return to interscholastic competition after a 15-year absence.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Prospects who come in on the final official visit weekend before signing day sometimes have to wait until just before signing date to see if there will be a spot for them. That appears to be the case with Carter, who is going to be cutting in close on qualifying for freshman eligibility...Academics won't be an issue for the other visitor this past weekend, two-time Mississippi All-State punter Michael Gibson from Mooreville, Miss., High. After working out the details with Tommy Tuberville and Phillip Lolley, the area recruiting coach for Mooreville, Gibson is expected to sign scholarship papers with Auburn on Wednesday and spend the fall as the backup to redshirt senior Damon Duval, who will be an All-American candidate. The story of Gibson's development as a football player is an interesting one. He never played the sport until his junior year when he was recruited onto the Mooreville High team when picked up a football that was on the 50-yard line at the school's football practice field. The 6-2, 195-pound baseball and soccer player booted his first try through the goal posts. Coach Michael Bradley was a witness and immediately said that he wanted Gibson as the team punter. The junior accepted and he averaged 44.7 yards that season to earn All-State honors. He followed that with an even better senior season when he averaged 46.5 yards per punt to earn All-State honors again. He also finished the season as the starting QB. His team won four of the five games when he was running the offense. Gibson picked Auburn over Vanderbilt...Junior college wide receiver James Terry, who has been listed as an Auburn commitment by various sources at various times, is expected to sign with Kansas State or West Virginia...Northwestern High star Taurean Charles decided to stay in-state and will sign with Florida. The outside linebacker/defensive end from Miami says that he also strongly considered Auburn. North Carolina State was also in the mix.
Jonathan Palmer will announce his college choice on signing day.
Auburn coaches will be eagerly awaiting faxes from Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood, Ga., on Wednesday morning where two of their key recruits are expected to announce their decisions at a signing party at the school's library. "Both Jonathan and I are going to make the announcements then," says Marcus McNeill, a 6-8, 315-pound, 5.05 offensive tackle. McNeill has had offers from around the country, but has narrowed his picks to Auburn and North Carolina and says he is leaning to AU. His buddy Palmer has been heavily recruited, too. A 6-5, 312-pounder with 4.98 speed in the 40, Palmer tells Inside the Auburn Tigers that Auburn leads Clemson and North Carolina. The pair also play basketball together and have competed together in sports since middle school. "We have talked about possibly playing together in college," says McNeill, who wants to wait until Wednesday to announce his pick. When asked about his interest in Auburn, McNeill says, "I like the school, the people and the academics and Auburn is a program that has a shot at winning the national championship."