Carter starting to get offers

The quarterback crop that the Tigers will target for 2010 is growing clear, and one prospect that the LSU staff has had their eye on is Houston-native Sam Carter.

Carter, who threw for nearly 2,400 yards and tacked on another 800 yards on the ground in his sophomore campaign, was entering just his second season as a quarterback this year, making the switch from his wide receiver position.


No worries for the Apollos, however, as Carter seemed to take over the signal caller duties without breaking stride. This past season the junior completed on 131-of-287 yards passing for 1,759 yards and 19 touchdowns.


Another solid season has college coaches focusing on the play of the Sharpstown-standout, and needless to say his recruitment process is already kicking into gear.


"I have been receiving a lot of letters," Carter said. "LSU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Houston and Oregon are the schools sending the most stuff. I am not really trying to get too focused on all of that right now, since I am in the middle of my basketball season, but I know that it has been going well, for sure."


Though only a junior, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Carter has already pulled in a pair of in-state offers, with more expected in the near future.


"TCU and Houston have both offered me," he said. "My football coach said that he is expecting three more to come in the next couple of weeks, so I am excited about that. He handles it all while I am with the basketball team, so I don't know for sure what schools they will be."


One school that Carter hopes eventually comes calling is LSU, a team that he grew up with during his time in Louisiana.


"I am from Jefferson Parish on the west bank, so LSU is the home team for me," he said. "My mother, brother and I came here after Katrina, but the rest of our family has already moved back. I definitely would not mind being back home playing football with them, so to play in Louisiana would be nice."


Carter said that he has had his eye on the Tigers throughout the 2008 season.


"I enjoy watching LSU because of that competitiveness that they play with, win or lose," he said. "I know they lost a little more than they would have liked to this season, but everybody has those ups and downs. They will bounce back, because that is how the team plays.


"I watched a bunch of games on television, and they really have my interest. I am going to get over for the second Junior Day, because we have a basketball game scheduled for Jan. 31. I also will be over for camp next summer, so I want to check out the facilities and campus then, because I have heard great things."


While Carter has quickly scaled his way to the top of the list of quarterback prospects for the Lone Star State in 2010, the junior still feels there are a number of areas of his game he needs to improve.


"I really want to get a quicker release on my throws, so that is something I am going to really work on during the offseason," he said. "Last year I worked on my speed, and it really made a big difference. If I can continue to improve my passing, then I feel like I can make some things happen."


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