LSU fullback commit Tory Carter's senior season was a roller coaster for him, which saw his Lee Country (Ga.) team fall in the second round of the playoffs while rising to No. 1 in the state at one point after beating the top team to losing while No. 1, but he wouldn't trade it for anything.
“Throughout my whole high school career, I was told to work as hard as you can and you won’t regret anything. I don’t regret anything,” Carter said. “I gave it everything I got. I’m trying to tell the younger boys that if they don’t give 110 percent, they’ll regret it. Gotta let all the boys know that it might be your only chance playing football. Cherish it.”
For the LSU-Alabama game back in November, the three-star fullback made the trip to Baton Rouge for an unofficial visit. It was one of the best things he's been a part of.
“What a game. A defensive battle and the most electric atmosphere I’ve been a part of. The closest thing we’ve got to the biggest rivalry in the nation in high school. That’s the biggest rivalry in college," Carter said.
Now with Ed Orgeron at the helm of the Tigers, Carter has seen the atmosphere and around the program improve. Carter saw more of that on his official visit.
“I hate that coach Miles had to leave. Coach O was my recruiting coach and he was the one to get coach Miles to look at me,” Carter said. “Me and Coach O are real tight. I was happy for Coach O to get the job. Everybody wants to play for Coach O because of that electric atmosphere that he brings to the table. He brings it everyday, not just one day. I was definitely excited when he got the job.”
When Carter found out that Matt Canada got the job, he got permission from his teacher to get out of class and research whether or not Canada was a spread guy, which was Carter’s biggest concern.
“Whenever I got the alert on my phone, I was thinking man I wonder if he runs the spread. I pulled up Pitt’s fullback and their running back highlights. I think that’s a great fit for the job,” Carter said. “I heard he’s electric all the time like Coach O. Those two personalities together, that’s one heck of a squad. I was definitely excited at Pitt’s roster and saw there are five fullbacks. It’s a great feeling and I know I have a great opportunity.”
With LSU being the first big school to show Carter the love, that's always stuck with him through out this time.
“I love LSU. They were the first big school to throw it out there for me. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me and I’m pretty much shutting it down and committed to LSU," Carter said. "I’m LSU unless I fall in love with someone else, which I don’t see happening and I love what’s going on in Baton Rouge.”
Michigan might be the main competition for Carter, but Carter said that it was more of a trip of firsts rather than falling in love.
“I had a great time at Michigan and really enjoyed it. Lot of firsts on that trip for me. First time in snow, furthest north I’ve ever been, first time on a plane, first time coming out of the tunnel on the side of the field,” Carter said. “I really enjoyed my time. Lot of opportunity there and I’m appreciative. Right now, I’m LSU all the way.”
Carter took his LSU official visit this past weekend and will take an official visit to Troy as well to see some of his former teammates that go there. Even with that trip on the books, Carter said he's solid after his official visit.
"Greatest time of my life! It was the family environment. The staff. The real question is what was not great?"