Henry happy about Carter's decision

When he signed with Nick Saban and the LSU football program Wednesday afternoon, Xavier Carter got one of the biggest rounds of applause at the annual Bayou Bash. <br><br> Inside the LSU Athletic Administration Building, LSU Track and Field Coach Pat Henry was also celebrating.

The 6-3, 195-pound Palm Bay, Fla. native has made it known that he also plans to run track for whatever school he chose.

Carter is now a member of the nationally-renowned LSU Track and Field team as well as the defending national champion LSU Football squad.


Henry said the ability to run track was a major factor in Carter's decision making.


"There is no question about it that it is the plan for him to run for us," Henry said. "One of his deciding factors in coming to LSU was if he gets to run. He is coming to an environment football wise that will also allow him to run track.


"He was not going to go somewhere where he couldn't. It came down to us and Florida and both schools said they wanted him to run track. He made a good choice."


Clocked at 4.35 in the 40, Henry said that Carter will be a valuable addition to his sprint team and can only benefit from the stiff competition in practice that he will face.


"He's a good sprinter," Henry said of Carter. "He's a 400 meter guy. He also runs a very good 200 as well as 100 meters. He's a good size guy and has good range. He's going to have the opportunity to be successful because he is going to be in an environment with some guys that are better than him and that will definitely help him


Carter will not be the only football player running track for the Tigers. Another wide-out, Bennie Brazell also runs for LSU.

Henry said he along with Saban recruited Carter and hopes that he can help both teams be very successful in the future.


"I would have recruited Xavier whether he played football or not," Henry said. "Coach Saban and I just happened to cross paths. We're always looking for great athletes and this one just happened to be a great football player.

"We (Saban and Henry) both went in and talked to the parents and everyone involved. Hopefully he will help two great programs become even better."

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