Spring break tour for Ainsworth

Unofficial visits are becoming more and more common in today's day and age of recruiting where early commitments have become the norm. One of Louisiana's top offensive linemen for 2009 is Carneal Ainsworth and he is using his spring break to take in the sites at some of the schools he is interested in.

Carneal Ainsworth


“We left home on Monday and rode by Southern Miss then after that we drove to Tuscaloosa and stayed there that night,” said the 6-4 300 pound guard. “We toured Alabama and then left there and then we stayed last night in Atlanta. Today we’re going to go to Georgia and then Thursday we’re going to go to Georgia Tech and then head home.”


One thing Ainsworth is looking to do is get a feel for what each school has to offer but he is also looking forward to getting to talk to the coaches one-on-one and in person.


Southern Miss is one of the two offers that Ainsworth currently holds so what did the coaches in Hattiesburg have to say when he was in town?


“They said they were real excited about me and that I’m the No. 1 offensive lineman on their board,” said Ainsworth. “They said if I went there I could have a real good shot at playing early which I really liked because that’s a big thing for me. I really don’t want to go somewhere I have to sit for three or four years even if I work my butt off. I want to play early.”


Early playing time is important to the Baton Rouge-Parkview Baptist product and that is what he also saw in Tuscaloosa.


“That was another thing good about Alabama too because both of them (USM & Bama) said they only have 9 or 10 offensive linemen that can play since they are both low on offensive linemen,” he said. “Alabama just started recruiting me but they looked at my film and we talked about me coming back for camp. I got to talk to the coaches and that was real cool.”


As time goes on interest is definitely picking up for Ainsworth and he hopes that translates into more offers.


“I have Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech offers right now but now I’m getting a lot of mail from schools that I want to go visit like Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas State,” he said. “Then I’m hearing a lot from Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU and Louisiana Tech too.”


After Ainsworth’s spring break tour wraps up he will head back home for a week and then he will get back on the road to go see some more places in April.


“I’m going to LSU’s spring game on April 5th and then I take the ACT on April 12th but depending on what time I get out I’m either going to go to Southern Miss’ spring game or Alabama’s spring game,” he said.


LSU is the local school and was the early favorite to get Ainsworth’s signature but the Tigers haven’t offered and the feeling is that there is more evaluating that needs to be done.


Some thought that there may have been some harsh feelings on Ainsworth’s part but that is certainly not the case.


“I feel like I still have a lot to prove to them and I know they don’t have a lot of offensive linemen they can sign this year so I’m really just not trying to focus on what LSU or any other school does for that matter,” he said. “I’m just going to do the stuff that I can to make myself better and my team better because that is really all of the stuff that matters to me right now.”


What matters to the standout lineman is getting better but he did admit that there are some schools that he is really hoping to get an offer from as the May Evaluation Period approaches.


“It would be tough to say no to Alabama after visiting them,” he said. “I loved their strength and conditioning coach and the offensive line coach (Joe Pendry). But, I love Southern Miss too and I really like coach (Frank) Wilson. I really feel like I can go in there and play my red shirt freshman year. It would be real tough to turn down an offer to LSU too.”


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