LSU ready to fight Alabama for Shyheim Carter

Shyheim Carter remains committed to Alabama, but LSU's not going to let him leave the state without a fight. How serious is he about weighing his other options?

KENNER — A commitment to Alabama hasn’t stopped other programs from targeting one of Louisiana’s best players.

“A lot of schools are coming at me,” said four-star corner Shyheim Carter. “Recruiting is harder than what I thought. It’s real crazy. I still tell them that I’m weighing my options out. Even though I’m still committed to Alabama, I would like to come visit and things like that.”

One of those schools is LSU, who hosted him during the “Boys from the Boot” junior day last month. Though the Tigers didn’t offer Carter until after he’d committed to Alabama, LSU’s done its best to show him how big a priority he is for that staff.

LSU has changed its lead recruiter for Carter. It was Brick Haley, who’s now at Texas. Now Ed Orgeron has taken the lead, assisted by Corey Raymond and Frank Wilson.

“I’ve also talked to Coach Miles, and he said that he’s going to start recruiting me himself…They tell me that if I want to win a championship, then LSU is the place to be. They’re building a great team.”

Carter says he doesn’t feel any pressure to stay in Louisiana though. That’s because his parents have fallen in love with Alabama.

“It really doesn’t matter where I go,” Carter said. “I know my parents are going to be there at every game regardless.”

Carter said Tuscaloosa still feels like home. He was last there for the Iron Bowl. He planned to be there last weekend, but a change of plans kept him at home. He’s looking forward to returning so he can spend more time with the coaches.

“I’m tight with every coach,” he said. “I feel at home up there. They really took me under their wing.”

Carter’s the No. 1 athlete in Louisiana for the 2016 class. Like Donte Jackson in 2015, Carter projects at corner for the next level, but he would probably be just as highly-rated if he wanted to play offense.

That’s actually come up in his talks with the Alabama coaches, but defense will be his focus.

“I fit great in their defense if you ask me,” Carter said. “They say they like everything about my game. There was some talk about putting me at running back, giving me a little action, but I doubt if that would work out.”

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