Three offers and counting for Carpenter

Last week we profiled Coffeyville RT Jarve Dean, a big, physically gifted bookend for the Red Raven offensive line. Now we take a look at young man who holds down the left tackle positions, James Carpenter (6-5, 305). Like Dean, Carpenter already has a few offers under his belt, but after a long offseason of hard work, he's hoping more coaching staffs will like what he has to offer...

"I was definitely focused on things this summer," Carpenter told recently. "I worked hard on staying low out of my stance and just my footwork. I feel like I've got the athleticism to be good, but it's the little things like that that will make you the best at what you do."

Carpenter prepped in Augusta, Georgia and signed with Iowa State out of high school, but he failed to qualify, so the Cyclones sent him to Coffeyville.

"I was a 'sign and place' for them," Carpenter said. "I'm really appreciative of what they did for me. Coming to Coffeyville, it isn't a very big town, so you have school and football and it really helps you get focused on what is most important."

After an All-Conference season last year for the Red Ravens, Carpenter, along with his teammates, put in the time this offseason in the weight room.

"My bench is 395 and my squat is 460," Carpenter said. "I'd like to get my lower body stronger, but I think it's where it needs to be right now."

In addition to his work on the football field, Carpenter has also gotten it done in the classroom, sporting a solid 2.72 GPA, and is on pace to graduate this December.

So with that in mind, schools from across the country have shown Carpenter the attention he had hoped for after his standout freshman campaign.

"Iowa State, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State have all offered me," Carpenter said. "South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Oklahoma have all been talking to me as well.

"I want to take some visits before I make a decision. Iowa State is where I signed and they are a school I would like to play for, but I'm just going to make sure I make a good decision and take visits to make sure I choose the right school for me."

Wherever Carpenter ends up, he'll have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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