Carlin Fils-Aime is one of the more modest prospects with everyone’s attention that you will meet. That is why last week was a little surprising when he was put on the phone with some of the biggest names in college football. Before the week was out Alabama head coach Nick Saban, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and running back coach Tim Horton, and an assistant from South Carolina would all offer scholarships to their respective schools.
“I wasn’t really expecting the Alabama offer that much,” Fils-Aime said by phone late Sunday. “I never really spoke to any of the coaches and I thought they were a really good team. I just never expected them to call me or anything. Then a couple of days back my coach said that someone wanted to speak to me… and then I spoke to Coach Saban and he offered me.
“The next day Auburn offered me too but I spoke to them at lunch and spoke to Coach Tim Horton and Coach Lashlee. The USC Coach wanted me to call him, so he also said that he wanted to offer.”The Florida Gators actually offered Fils-Aime back in January when assistant coach Kirk Callahan was by the school to talk to the coaching staff.
“Florida offered a few weeks ago,” he said. “Coach Cal came to the school. He told coach that he came down here to give me an offer and they would love to see me at Florida.”
When you watch his highlights it is easy to see why Fils-Aime is getting all of this attention. He is blessed with tremendous speed, and on his 5-foot-11, 180 pound body he has a lot of strength to run through arm tackles as well. Born in Haiti and raised in Florida since he was five, Fils-Aime tried to explain what it is coaches see in him, but he has hard time with getting past that humble thing.
“Some of the coaches say they fall in love with my tape and I honestly don’t see what they see,” he said with an unassuming laugh. “I just see a young kid running. I just think coaches see things different than players do.”
He had fun trying to explain what he sees when he is handed the ball on a play.
“I’m usually looking everywhere on the field, but three specific places,” Fils-Aime said. “One spot is where the coach wants you to go. I have my eyes on two different places in case that closes and I have enough time to adjust and go into a different hole or make another move. As I am thinking that, I am also thinking after I make that move, how am I going to get past this person? I don’t know how I think about it, but it comes pretty fast. That is what comes to my mind.”
That vision, speed, and power has coaches coming out of the wood work for him, even though he missed his junior season with torn ligaments in his left ankle.
The Gators have one thing going for them. He was a fan of the team in Gainesville growing up.
The speedy back with a 3.0 grade point average now has 14 offers. Florida, Miami, South Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, Michigan, Duke, Indiana, Auburn, Alabama, and Boston College are the first 14 of many more to come.
He isn’t ready to make any kind of decision, but does know what is most important to him.
“I am looking for academics, a relationship between coaches and players, and just a school that is based on family and grades,” he said. “I’m looking for a place that will help you while you are there and later on in life.”
He will start looking into his future home after the school year ends.
“I am planning on taking a lot of visits this summer including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Boston College, North Carolina, and NC State,” he said.
If you haven’t seen his sophomore highlights, you really should watch the video below.